August 2017

Depraved Dover man who sent Skype messages threatening to rape babies has been jailed

A Dover man who committed child sex offences – including sending Skype messages threatening to rape babies – has been sentenced to 16 months in prison.

Andrew Hammond from Crabble Hill pleaded guilty to a string of offences relating to more than 100 indecent images of children.

The 48-year-old admitted to three counts of making indecent images, two counts of possessing indecent images, three counts of distributing indecent images and publishing an obscene article between January 2012 and August 2016.

He pleaded guilty to the charges at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, May 31.

Kent Police officers from the Paedophile Online Investigation Team arrested Hammond on Tuesday 30 August 2016 after executing a search warrant at his home.

His computer equipment and mobile telephone were seized and images along with videos concerned in the activity were discovered.

He was sentenced on Friday, August 4 at Canterbury Crown Court.

Hammond is clearly a danger to the public and has shown that he is willing to engage in appalling activity with a real desire to harm children

June 2017

Dover man sent Skype messages threatening to rape babies

A Dover man has admitted sending depraved messages over Skype describing the rape of children and young babies.

Andrew Hammond, 48, of Crabble Hill, pleaded guilty at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court yesterday (May 30) to a string of offences relating to more than 100 indecent images of children.

He faced three charges of making indecent photographs of a child, three charges of distributing an indecent image and two charges of possession.

He also faced one count of publishing an obscene article, where he sent depraved Skype messages describing raping babies and children.

Hammond will be sent to crown court for sentencing at a later date due to the severity of his crimes.

Hammond was caught with a total of 143 indecent photographs, with one a Category A. He also admitted making 128 of them.

Appearing visibly distressed, he announced from the dock: “I’m fully conscious of my charges, that’s why I have pleaded guilty to them.”

Hammond has also been told he may face other charges when he appears at crown court.

He has been released on conditional bail, where he has been told that he must not have any unsupervised contact with a child aged under 16.

He has also been told he must not live or sleep at any property where a child normally resides unless authorised by social services, and is prohibited from using any computer capable of having access to the internet unless he is at a public library.