July 2017

Council worker jailed after being found guilty of all charges

A council worker who was found in possession of 101 of the most serious indecent images of children as well as recording further films of children has been jailed 

Wayne Beesley, 39, who worked for Wrexham Council, previously admitted downloading lower category images of children, after more than 12,000 were found on computers, laptops and hard drives seized from his home.

But he has now been found guilty at Shrewsbury Crown Court after denying one count relating to 101 Category A images and two further counts relating to videos found on his phone of children, which he recorded.

The images were found when police visited his home at Brookfield Close, Weston Rhyn, near Oswestry, on December 5, 2016.

The images showed the rape and torture of young children

Prosecutor Paul Whitfield said Beesley’s phone, tower PC, hard drives and other devices were seized by officers who found thousands of images as well as searches for “notorious” websites and software which could be used to clear a hard drive.

The most serious images, which he has now been found guilty of, were found in the recycle bin on the PC, with less serious videos, filmed by Beesley, found on his LG mobile phone.

Mr Whitfield said Beesley was twice interviewed by police, before the images were found where he said nothing would be recovered from his devices and afterwards, when he offered “no comment” to questioning.

Mr Whitfield said: “It is the crown’s case that the defendant has a particular sexual interest in children.”

Beesley was sentenced to a total of 30 months in prison and was ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for life.

He was also made subject of an indefinite sexual harm prevention order which restricts his possession of devices that can access the internet or take photos. He will also not be allowed to have unsupervised contact with children under the age of 16.