September 2017

Man caught with bullets and vile images of children avoids jail

A 64-year-old caught with bullets and indecent images of children has been given a suspended prison sentence.

James John Hall downloaded sick pictures of youngsters over more than four years.

He also had the ammunition hidden in a drawer – a wartime memento he inherited from a family friend, Plymouth Crown Court heard.

But he had no gun capable of firing the rifle tracer cartridges

Judge Paul Darlow told Hall: “No doubt you realise the misery of the children who are forced to participate in these images and the long-term psychological damage they suffer”.

But he added that, the convictions aside, Hall was a “wholly decent hard-working man”.

The defendant was handed a suspended prison sentence.

Hall, of Farringdon Road, Mount Gould, pleaded guilty to having ammunition without a certificate on November 29 last year.

He also admitted three counts of making or downloading indecent images of children between January 2012 and August 2016.

The court heard he had 51 images in the most serious Category A showing adults sexually abusing children.

Hall was handed a 32-week prison sentence, suspended for two months. He was ordered to pay £350 costs.