August 2017

Ex Sleaford councillor jailed for indecent images

A former independent councillor who admitted possessing child sex abuse images has been jailed for two years.

Ian Dolby, 52, of North Road, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, pleaded guilty at Lincoln Crown Court to 23 counts of making indecent images of children.

A police raid on his home in December 2013 found more than 700 computer discs containing pornography, 45 of which contained child sex abuse.

Dolby resigned from North Kesteven District Council in April 2014.

He was sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court earlier.

August 2017

Jail ‘overwhelmingly likely’ for former councillor

A former Lincolnshire councillor facing child sexual abuse images charges has changed his plea to guilty, a court has heard.

And a judge has told him it is highly likely he will face a jail term.

Ian Dolby, who was a member of North Kesteven District Council until April 2014, had been on trail in front of a jury at Lincoln Crown Court facing 36 charges of making an indecent image of a child.

Jurors had previously heard Dolby had “a rapacious interest” in downloading indecent images from the internet after police found over 700 computer disks at his home in Sleaford.

Martin Hurst, prosecuting, said that 45 of the disks contained images of sexual abuse of children.

However, the 52-year-old of North Road had pleaded not guilty to 36 charges of making an indecent image of a child.

But, on the second day of proceedings on Wednesday, August 16, Dolby admitted to 23 charges relating to a police search of his home in 2013.

The other 13 charges are not to be pursued by the prosecution.

Judge Simon Hirst told him: “You have sought to avoid pleading guilty or being found guilty in any way you possibly could. Custody is overwhelmingly likely. The fact that I adjourn the case for a report should not be taken in any way to mean you won’t receive a custodial sentence.”

Dolby served as an Independent member for the Quarrington Ward of North Kesteven District Council. He resigned his seat in April 2014, five months after the police raid, citing “pressure of work commitments”. He also resigned from Sleaford Town Council at the same time.

The court was told that Dolby has no previous convictions and is currently working as an accountant.

Martin Hurst, prosecuting, earlier told the jury that the police search carried out in December 2013 followed the arrest of Dolby’s then lodger over a completely unconnected matter.

Mr Hust said that officers who initially went to the property discovered photographs of unclothed young girls on the walls and folders containing photographs of young girls.

As a result CID officers were asked to attend and a detailed search was carried out.

Mr Hurst said: “They searched the whole house. They searched in particular Dolby’s bedroom and took away quite a lot of things principally electronic devices including a lap top.

“Also in his bedroom they found a very, very substantial library of DVD disks.

“These were DVDs he had made at home. He had burned them from websites he had been visiting on the internet.”

Mr Hurst said that 45 of the DVDs contained around 180 hours of film of child sexual abuse including 46 hours of the worst category showing the rape of very young children

He told the jury: “They contained some of the most offensive material that you can imagine. The 45 DVDs contained principally or exclusively indecent images of children. The other 687 were dip-tested. 

Dolby was granted bail and will be sentenced tomorrow.