September 2017

Clifton man faces jail over serious child abuse images offences

A 63-year-old man will face a crown court judge after admitting having shocking sexual images on a computer at his Clifton home.

Nottingham Crown Court heard Terence Downs had more than 100 stills and movies of an indecent nature, including serious sexual acts being committed on children.

Downs, of Kinsale Walk, Clifton, will be sentenced by a judge at the city’s crown court on October 6. He was granted unconditional bail.

Lee Shepherd, prosecuting, outlined the case after Downs pleaded guilty to four charges of downloading the material at his home.

Police visited his home on May 27 and found only two people present, Downs and his wife.

Mr Shepherd said: “They allowed a search of the property after a report that indecent images had been uploaded by the suspect. Officers took away a number of computer items, all for analysis.”

Mr Shepherd said that child abuse images users sustained the industry of producing the illegal images.

He added: “If people want to possess these items they are allowing the market of child abuse to continue.”

The court heard that Downs had never been in trouble before. The offences are in a range in which offenders can be jailed for between six months and three years.

Deputy district Judge Claire Evans, who could have sent him to prison for up to a year, sent the case to the crown court where the sentence can be longer.

She pointed out that some of the items were in Class A, the most serious level and told Downs: “This crosses the custody threshold and these are circumstances where the magistrates’ court should not deal with this.

“There are of children in movies and there are still images as well. My powers are insufficient.

“These matters in my judgment and in considering my guidelines should be committed to the crown court.”

Downs pleaded guilty to downloading 12 category A indecent still and moving images of children on May 27; six category B images; 61 category C images; possessing 24 extreme images of bestiality.

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