August 2017

Man admits having porn covering ‘fair swathe of the animal kingdom’

An IT consultant claimed some kind of virus had infected his computer after he was found to have downloaded child abuse images and bestiality which a judge said: “covered all age groups and a fair swathe of the animal kingdom”.

Gary Rendle, who accessed images while at his parents house, told police he used his computer to read The Guardian and play Star Wars games.

Rendle, 34, had images of people having sex with horses, dogs, donkeys and chickens as well as adults abusing children as young as six.

Judge Ian Lawrie remanded Rendle into custody in the court cells for just under an hour while he prepared sentence

He said: “I want to give you a taste of what your future will hold if you fail to comply with the court’s order or commit further offences. By viewing these images, you are part of the process which inflicts appalling suffering on these children.”

But he suspended his prison sentence, stating his previous good character, his guilty plea and the fact he had a skilled job.

Rendle, of Barons Pyke in Ivybridge, had denied two counts of possession of indecent images of children between March 2015 and March 2016. The defendant had 24 Category A indecent images of children, showing them being abused by adults. He also had eight images in the lesser Category B.

He had claimed that the pictures must have been downloaded without his knowledge. But Rendle changed his plea wo weeks before his trial.

He also pleaded guilty to possession of 322 extreme pornographic images showing adults having sex with animals including dogs, horses, donkeys and chickens.

Anita Noerr, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said police executed a search warrant at the home of Rendle’s parents back in April last year. She added they seized a laptop from Rendle’s car and his computer tower – which were found to contain the images.

Miss Noeer said Rendle told police in interview the images could have been downloaded without his knowledge. He insisted he used the laptop for work, playing Star Wars games and visiting sites such as The Guardian. Tom Bradnock, for Rendle, said “hundreds and thousands” of images had been stored on his computer – including many of adult pornography.

He added: “These offences were caused by curiosity and unrestrained impulse rather than an overriding sexual interest in children. It is not the numbers of images these courts see in their thousands.

“It has taken him some time to come to terms with what he has been doing. It is by no means the focus of his sexual interest. He is certainly deeply ashamed.”

But the barrister said the defendant accepted he obtained gratification through looking at the images. Mr Bradnock said the offences would have a major impact on his role as a self-employed IT consultant. But the court heard he was still to be used by a major client.

Judge Lawrie said of Rendle’s images: “He covers all age groups and a fair swathe of the animal kingdom”.

He handed the defendant a two-year prison sentence suspended for two years. He must attend the 31-session Horizon programme for sex offenders and pay £1,500 prosecution costs.

Rendle must also sign the Sex Offender Register for ten years and was handed a Sexual Harm Prevention order for a similar period. He must hand over any computer to the police monitoring his behaviour for inspection.

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