July 2017

Malvern dad receives suspended prison sentence for downloading indecent images of children

A father downloaded depraved images of children as young as five being raped.

Wilson Hunt had already admitted six counts of making indecent images of children when he appeared before judge Nicholas Cole to be sentenced at Worcester Crown Court.

Police carried out the search of his home in Hilton Road, Malvern on May 24 last year, seizing a computer where they discovered indecent images of children which had been downloaded over a five month period in 2016.

Andrew Baker, prosecuting, said Hunt’s then partner told police he had previously viewed indecent thumbnail images on a computer that no longer worked and police were able to ‘resurrect’ it, finding more indecent images from 2008.

Mr Baker said there were more than 200 indecent images and movies at category A, the most serious kind. There were also images at category B and C.

He said: “He has viewed material over a very considerable period of time and he has searched for it. It has not been inadvertent. We do not say there has been any dissemination of the material.”

The images were stored in a folder called the ‘Lolita collection’ and the images had titles such as ‘little girl pain’.

The 33-year-old stone mason, now of Laurel Lane, Halesowen, had no previous convictions for making indecent images but has been convicted of burglary, common assaults, criminal damage, public order matters, obstructing an officer and breach of court orders.

In total, he had nine convictions for 32 previous offences.

Judge Cole made a sexual harm prevention order prohibiting Hunt from using any advice capable of accessing the internet unless it can display and retain the search history.

It must be made available to a police officer on request and he cannot encrypt any files. He must notify police of any change in his circumstances for the next 10 years.

Judge Cole sentenced him to 15 months in prison, suspended for two years. He must complete 100 hours of unpaid work, a 40 day rehabilitation activity requirement and the Horizon programme requirement.

Hunt must also make a £500 contribution to costs. The seized computers will be destroyed.