September 2017

Guilt racked man handed laptop to solicitor

A pervert who downloaded child abuse images and then handed himself in to his solicitor has been jailed.

Roderick Gomer, 61, disclosed to staff at an adult mental health home in Redcar that he had been downloading pictures of child abuse.

Later he walked into his solicitor’s office in the town and gave him his laptop, which contained indecent images dating back to 2013.

Prosecutor Jenny Haigh told Teesside Crown Court that the children were as young as six-months-old, and some of them appeared to be in pain.

An analysis of the computer revealed 53 images at the most serious Category A, 141 at Category B and 37 at Category C, with one of extreme pornography involving animals.

Gomer had seven convictions for nine offences including breaches of a criminal behaviour order which prevented him threatening or pretending to self harm by walking into traffic.

Miss Haigh said Gomer, who appeared in custody, had refused to communicate with police after his disclosures to staff at Foxrush House in Redcar on 27 October 2015.

Duncan McReddie, defending, said that Gomer had reported himself to the staff and he went to his solicitor taking his laptop admitting that he should not have been looking at the images.

Mr McReddie said: “He could have destroyed the computer after which there would be no evidence.

“He admitted using pornography for some time while working abroad and being dependant on alcohol.

“He clearly has mental health difficulties, and it is said that such people ought not to be in jail.

“If he is to be rehabilitated any help that he needs is going to be best delivered while he is at large in the community.”

Judge Deborah Sherwin told Gomer: “It is clear that you are someone who has mental health difficulties and problems with alcohol.

“Suspending a sentence would be setting you up to fail and so I think that the most appropriate sentence would be one of immediate custody.”

Gomer, of no fixed address, was jailed for nine months and given an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order after he pleaded guilty to five offences of possessing indecent images.

The judge ordered the forfeiture and destruction of his laptop.

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