July 2017

Louth man (58) admits child abuse images offences

A Louth man has today (Tuesday) been given a suspended prison sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court after he downloaded thousands of indecent images of children.  

James Haggan, 58, of St James View, was arrested after police raided his home acting on a tip-off. Computer equipment was seized and over 2,700 indecent images of children were found including 81 videos.

Edna Leonard, prosecuting, said the images featured children as young as six years old. Police also found 1,311 extreme porn videos showing acts of bestiality with a variety of animals including dogs and horses.

Miss Leonard said: “When the defendant was arrested and interviewed about these matters he admitted to the police what he had been doing saying he had an interest in pornography and it started from there.”

Haggan admitted three charges of making indecent images of children between April 2011 and May 2016.

He also admitted a further charge of possession of extreme pornography. He was given an eight month jail sentence, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to complete a 15 day rehabilitation activity requirement.

He was also placed on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years. Recorder Paul Mann QC, passing sentence, told Haggan: “For much of your adult life you have lived under pressure. You have spent much time abroad away from your family. You have served your country in the Royal Air Force. “In more recent years, particularly when you have been abroad and isolated, you have allowed your mind to turn to pornography. “You became desensitised to that and you started looking at material that was plainly unlawful.”

June 2017

Louth man admits possessing thousands of indecent images of children

A Louth man is due to be sentenced at crown court after he pleaded guilty to possessing thousands of indecent photographs of children.

James Haggan, 58, of St James View, appeared at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on Monday June 5 where he admitted possession of 10 ‘Category A’ images, 22 ‘Category B’ images, and 2,737 ‘Category C’ images.

All three of these offences took place between April 2011 and May 2016.

Haggan also pleaded guilty to a further offence, added in court, of possessing an ‘extreme’ pornographic image which explicitly and realistically portrayed humans having intercourse with animals.

This additional offence took place between January 2009 and May 2016.

Haggan’s case was committed to Lincoln Crown Court for sentencing, and he will be sentenced at a date and time to be fixed.

Haggan was granted unconditional bail until sentencing takes place.

He is required to register with the police in accordance with the Sexual Offences Act 2003, for a period that will be specified when the offence has been dealt with.