Sentencing of Clacton man who viewed indecent images of children delayed
A sex offender from Clacton who collated a stash of images depicting the abuse of children has had his sentencing postponed.
Tony Smith, 27, pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children and one count of possessing a prohibited image of a child in August.
Smith, of Mendlesham Close, came before Judge William Kennedy to be sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court this afternoon today (Thursday, September 14).
But the hearing was unable to proceed when it was discovered that Smith had told the probation service he had not actually committed the offences he had pleaded guilty to.
Judge Kennedy told Smith he could not “have his cake and eat it too” – either he accepted what he had done and was sentenced accordingly or the matter would have to proceed to trial.
After a short adjournment, Richard Conley, representing Smith, said: “He fully accepts responsibility for the offences.
Judge Kennedy directed that Smith should once again meet with probation so that another report could be compiled.
He was granted bail on the condition that he had no unsupervised contact with a child under the age of 18.
Smith will next be in court at 9.30am on Thursday, September 28.