July 2017

Paedophile back before the courts for downloading indecent images of children

A pervert who abused a child more than two decades ago has been back before the courts for downloading indecent images via a smartphone app.

Pictures of children being harmed were on Andrew Berry’s computer monitor when his home was raided by police shortly before 7am on December 28 last year.

Further investigation of the images revealed 910 were in category A – the most serious – with a further 1,609 in category B and 1,339 in category C.

One of the photographs showed a young girl who had been tied to a bed.

Berry, now of Christchurch Road in Bournemouth, also had 17 extreme pornographic images.

He holds previous convictions for abusing a young girl in the 1990s. He filmed the assault.

On Friday, the defendant, 58, appeared before a judge at Bournemouth Crown Court for sentence after admitting three counts of making an indecent photograph of a child and one of possessing extreme pornographic images.

Simon Jones, prosecuting, said: “The National Crime Agency received information on June 25 last year.

“The information received was that indecent images of children had been downloaded via the ChatStep app.

“The IP address of the computer was linked to the address of the defendant.”

Police raided Berry’s address early in the morning, when he was still in bed.

A computer in his bedroom had images of abuse on the screen at the time of the officers’ arrival, the court heard.

Mr Jones said: “There were thumbnails of indecent images on the screen.

“It was clear that the defendant was viewing those images as the police were in attendance.”

Tim Shorter, mitigating, said many of the images downloaded by the defendant were duplicated, rather than all being unique.

“It is still a significant number,” he acknowledged.

“He is probably somebody who is not right at the forefront of the population in terms of his behaviours and ability to cope with the stresses of life.”

Berry told his advocate: “I would never hurt anyone,” the court heard.

However, Mr Shorter said: “In the early 1990s, he did.”

He added: “The death of both of [Berry’s] parents, to whom he was very close, caused him a lot of emotional distress and instead of doing what he should have done – seeking help, bereavement counselling or going to see the GP – he resorted to looking at indecent images on the internet.

“He has been engaging and frank about what he did.”

Judge Jonathan Fuller QC told Berry: “Those images are of real people who are exploited in the most terrible of ways.

“You play a part in that detestable and grotesque criminality, which was filmed as it took place.”

Berry was sentenced to a 24-month community order with 30 rehabilitation activity requirement days.

He must complete an internet sex offender behaviour course, and he will be subject to the requirements of a sexual harm prevention order for five years.

He must also comply with notification requirements for five years.

February 2002

Paedophile will face short term

A PAEDOPHILE who filmed himself subjecting a young girl to “appalling and degrading” attacks will serve only a portion of his 12-month prison sentence.

Andrew Berry, of Artington Close, Orpington, was arrested after the National Crime Squad’s investigation into the Wonderland Club, which posted obscene images of children on the internet.

Among the images uncovered in the operation was one of Berry and his victim.

Maidstone Crown Court heard how 42-year-old Berry told his GP in 1998 he had been abusing the youngster, before admitting himself to Farnborough Hospital where he explained his crime.

Suicidal Berry, who pleaded guilty to the offences, was handed down the sentence after his lawyer, Rosina Cottage, told Mr Justice Moses his victim could not remember the abuse.

She said: “The punishment, which is commensurate, has already been meted out to him. He has attempted suicide five times.”

She then appealed that it could be damaging for him to be placed with other sex-offenders and that a prison sentence be avoided: “The risk of re-offending is negligible. If placed in custody without continuing support, he will be placed with others from whom he has carefully separated himself.

“The seriousness of these offences is all too obvious. They are appalling and degrading. He knows that.”

Mr Justice Moses told Berry: “You not only abused your victim, you filmed her so that others could obtain sexual gratification on the internet.

“I accept prison will have a heavy impact on you because of your psychological state. In those circumstances and taking into account your acknowledgement of guilt, I have reduced the sentence to the minimum.”

Berry is expected to serve less than half the 12-month sentence, after which he will remain on licence and on the Government’s sex offenders register for 10 years.