Pervert spared jail after police raid finds hundreds of indecent images and videos of girls as young as eight
A father who was found to have hundreds of indecent pictures and videos of children as young as eight has been spared a jail sentence.
Phillip Kendall was found to have more than 600 indecent images when police raided his home in Hood Manor in December.
On Monday, July 31, the 37-year-old was spared a jail sentence of up to six months.
Liverpool Crown Court heard that police executed a warrant at Kendall’s home on Stratton Road on December 8 last year.
A computer was seized from the address, with a search of the hard drive uncovering three category A indecent videos of girls as young as eight.
In total, 611 category B images of girls as young as 10 were also found on the computer.
Kendall, who now lives on Sandy Lane in Orford, admitted that he was responsible for the images under police interview.
He admitted two counts of making indecent photographs of children and a further charge of possession of indecent photographs during an earlier hearing, in which his honour judge Robert Warnock indicated that he could be set to jail Kendall for up to six months.
But he was instead sentenced to a three-year community order with a supervision requirement.
The court heard that Kendall’s offending has led to the breakdown of his marriage, but that he was ‘slowly beginning to turn his life around’ having secured a new job and home.
Sentencing, judge Warnock said: “Let me make one point absolutely clear – these images and the viewing of them by people like you promote child abuse.
“That’s why this is a serious criminal offence and the custodial threshold has been passed in your case.
“My interest is to prevent this type of offence being committed and to protect children from being subjected to this type of abuse.
“The best way to do this in my view is not to put you straight into custody.”
Kendall, who has one previous unrelated conviction dating back to 2001, was ordered to serve a sexual harm prevention order and notification requirement for five years and to pay court costs of £240 plus a victim surcharge.
Judge Warnock also ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the computer.