December 2017

Blind paedophile jailed

A pensioner was caught with child abuse images on his mobile phone after taking it to a shop to complain it wasn’t working properly – then speaking the words ‘nude children’ into it in front of staff.

A shocked phone shop salesman alerted a manager after the “brazen” pensioner gave him the bizarre “demonstration” of what was wrong with the phone.

He repeated the spoken command “nude children” in front of the manager, a court heard.

Frederick Cunningham, 79, of Fieldside, Epworth, admitted three offences of making indecent photographs of children and another of possessing extreme pornography involving a horse.

Cunningham had convictions for 73 previous offences, including 14 for sexual matters, and his convictions stretched back 60 years.

He had sexual convictions in 1957, 1960, 1962, 1995 and 1998.

Jeremy Evans, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that Cunningham went in to a Carphone Warehouse store in Scunthorpe on December 23 last year and reported a problem with his mobile phone.

He said it would not search for or access some websites, reports the Scunthorpe Telegraph .

He gave a demonstration to a “shocked” customer adviser and spoke the words “nude children” into the phone.

He showed the adviser the phone showing that no search results had been returned.

The member of staff alerted a manager and Cunningham repeated his demonstration of the problem. The phone was seized and the police were told.

Cunningham was arrested on Boxing Day and four other phones were seized.

A total of 261 images of children, including babies and toddlers , were found as well as 29 bestiality images.

Mr Evans said that the reason the phone would not have carried out the search wanted by Cunningham was because the images would be on the “dark web” and not mainstream search engines.

“One would have to access the dark web, which is not covered by main servers,” said Mr Evans.

“If they are legitimate businesses, they don’t have, or shouldn’t have, such material.”

Cunningham was jailed for eight months and was ordered to register as a sex offender for 10 years. He was given a 10-year sexual harm prevention order.