November 2017

Indecent images were found on man’s computer he kept at his mother’s house

A man who viewed indecent images of children at his mother’s home after he was banned from accessing the internet at his own home has been jailed.

Owen Roberts, 27, appeared at Cardiff Crown Court on Monday where he was sentenced to 20 months imprisonment.

The defendant had previously been jailed for making and possessing indecent images of children and was made subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order but he continued to access images despite this.

The court heard that officers from South Wales Police visited Roberts’ mother’s home in Craig-fryn Terrace in Nantymoel, Bridgend, on September 1.

One officer began to examine a desktop computer but Roberts told him he had installed software on it which automatically deleted internet history.

The computer was then seized and examined at the force’s high tech unit.

During the examination, 25 still images and one moving image of category A were found, along with 15 still images of category B and 105 still images of category C. The moving image featured a three to four-year-old girl.

Searches related to child abuse material were also found on the computer as well as files listed as being stored on a USB device.

He was visited by the police again at his home address in Holton Road, Barry, where he was arrested under caution.

He told police there had been a USB stick but he had smashed it with a hammer.

Officers also discovered cannabis in his bedroom.

Roberts pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing indecent images and one count of possessing cannabis.

Prosecutor David Pugh told the court Roberts appeared in court in July 2016 where he was sentenced for numerous offences of possessing indecent images, where he was given a three-year community order and rehabilitation requirement.

But in May he was sentenced for possession with intent to distribute indecent images and he received a total of 16 months imprisonment.

Sentencing, Judge Patrick Curran QC said: “You have been very frank and pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and I accept you feel remorse and shame but you leave the court no option other than to pass a custodial sentence.”

May 2016

Jail for man caught with child abuse videos for the second time in two years

A MAN has been jailed after being caught downloading child abuse images less than two years after being spared jail for the same offence.

Barry man Owen Roberts was given a supervision order in July 2014 after pleading guilty to 16 charges relating to the possession of images and videos of child abuse.

In January of this year police attended his home on Woodlands Road and found 26-year-old Roberts asleep. When officers explained that they were there to carry out a search warrant, Roberts confessed that he had once again been looking at indecent images and pointed officers towards a 64GB USB stick.

Newport Crown Court heard how he informed the officers he had been looking at images of children and said: “I don’t know why I look at them, I don’t know why I do it.”

Two laptops and the USB stick were seized with officers later finding that one of the computers had a faulty hard drive but the other one had been used to download files which had since been deleted.

Prosecutor Andrew Kendall told the court that although the files could no longer be viewed it was clear from their names that they had contained child abuse.

The USB stick was found to hold 577 images of children as young as six being abused – of which 163 were categorised as the worst – and 38 movies featuring the abuse of children as young as eight – of which all but one were in the worst category.

Adam Sharpe, defending. told the court that although his client had been keen to begin a sex offender prevention course he had been ordered to attend, he was yet to start it due to a lack of availability at the time of the second offence.

Mr Sharpe added that since the first offence Roberts had lost his job as a carpet fitter and had become a very secluded person.

“He lost contact with all his friends and all contact with family members apart from his mother,” said Mr Sharpe. “He spends all his time next to his computer and he is ashamed to say that the temptation became too much.”

He added that custody will be particularly difficult for the “shy and timid young man”.

Roberts pleaded guilty to charges of possession of indecent images and distribution of indecent images – the latter being the result of using file sharing software.

Judge Daniel Williams sentenced Roberts to 16 months in jail. He said: “You must understand that behind each of these images is a real child and what is behind each image is a real sexual offence being committed against a young child.”

July 2014

Man threatened to kill himself after being found with indecent images of children and extreme pornography

A MAN found with indecent images of children and extreme pornography involving animals threatened to kill himself with a knife when police raided his home.

Owen Roberts, 24, of Barry Road, Barry appeared in Cardiff Crown Court on Friday, July 18 charged with 16 offences covering 167 images and 25 movies.

Twenty two of these movies were classified as being in the worst category of indecent image – category “A”.

The defendant’s address was raided on Friday, January 31 when police became aware of indecent images of children being purchased using his credit card.

When officers entered his property he told them: “I’ve got a problem. I’ve been downloading images.

“I hate cruelty and it’s the worst kind of cruelty. I’m glad you’ve come.”

Saying that his life was over he then ran into the kitchen and grabbed a knife, telling officers he was going to kill himself.

They persuaded him to put the knife down and he was arrested.

The court heard that Roberts, who works as a cleaner, had two previous police warnings for shoplifting and cannabis possession.

Giving Roberts a three year supervision order – sparing him a custodial sentence and ordering him to undergo a rehabilitation programme – Judge DJ Hale told Roberts: “You only get one chance at this.

“If you are back before the court for anything like this you will go to prison.

“But if you take advantage of what’s going to happen so you never again feel the need to look at these things, fine.

“You’ve got to understand that someone, somewhere went through agony to provide you with this material.”

Roberts also had to pay £200 costs and a £60 surcharge.

 
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