July 2013

Man sent to prison for a year for making ‘sick’ images of children

A 29-year-old man convicted of making and possessing indecent images of children has been jailed for 12 months.

Christopher Randall, of Middlewich Road, Winsford, was also banned from working with children for life and put on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years by Judge Roger Dutton at Chester Crown Court.

Randall was found cowering in a wardrobe when police raided his house earlier this year. He was subsequently charged with 15 counts of making indecent images of kids and possessing more than 3,700 sick pictures.

He initially denied the offences but pleaded guilty to all charges on November 19, the day his trial was due to get under way.

Randall arrived at court on Wednesday morning from custody after breaching his bail conditions for the second time and being remanded following a hearing last week.

After seeing Randall jailed, Det Con Graham Slatter, who led the investigation, told the Chronicle: “It’s a good and fair result, and we are pleased. The judge obviously took the defendant’s disregard for the judicial system into account.

“He breached bail on two occasions and Judge Dutton felt the only appropriate punishment was a custodial sentence.”

At a previous hearing, prosecutors told the court an examination of the defendant’s computer revealed he had searched for ‘Malaysian child prostitution’ on the internet.

But Randall claimed he only looked into the subject because he was curious about the Gary Glitter case.

After he is released from prison Randall will be subject to a strict Sexual Offences Prevention Order. One of the six conditions bans him from possessing any images of non-family members under the age of 18.

If any of the terms of the order are breached, he could be sent back to prison.

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