August 2017

University student caught with 1,100 indecent images of children on his computer

A Swansea University student caught with more than 1,100 indecent pictures and videos of child abuse has avoided jail.

Jamie Turner also had “extreme pornographic” images of women having sex with animals on his computer.

Swansea Crown Court heard police raided a shared student house in the Uplands area of the city in January this year following information received from North Wales Police,

In the Glanmor Road property they seized Turner’s computer – described as a “self-built desktop computer” – and an external disc drive.

Craig Jones, prosecuting, said police found a total of 1,104 indecent images of children – including 247 so-called Category A pictures, the most extreme kind, along with evidence he had searched online for such material.

Officers also uncovered three extreme pornographic images involving women and animals

Turner, aged 28, of Pen-y-Dre, Llanrwst, Conwy, had previously pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children, three counts of possessing indecent images and one count of possessing extreme pornographic images when he appeared in the dock for sentencing.

The court heard Turner was “devastated” by what he had done, and faced being expelled from university if sentenced to immediate custody – a community order or suspended sentence would lead to him being risk-assessed by the university before any decision on his future was made.

The court also heard the former electrician was keen to work with probation to address the reasons for his offending.

Recorder Nicholas Gareth Jones said he was pleased the defendant was prepared to seek help – but added he had committed serious offences.

He told Turner: “There are victims here – you are not just looking at pictures, these are children who were being abused.”

For each of the seven offences Turner was sentenced to eight months in prison, all to run concurrently – at the same time – and all suspended for two years.

He was also ordered to complete a rehabilitation course.

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