December 2017

A former Beaver Scout leader who was caught with more than 1,200 indecent photographs of children and jailed for eight months in 2011 has been found dead at his home.

Thirty-seven-year-old Christopher Martin Bewick was found dead in his Boston home on Sleaford Road in October.

He had last been seen five days earlier.

An inquest into his death held today, Friday, December 29, found that he had a history of problems with alcohol and he rarely came out of his bedroom.

Coroner Paul Cooper told Boston Coroners Court that he had been found by the emergency services on his sofa on October 6 of this year and was already dead.

The pathology report said that Mr Bewick had died from sudden unexpected death due to alcohol missuse.

Speaking on the finding coroner, Paul Cooper said: “When someone drinks a lot the body can one day say ‘I’ve had enough’ and it shuts down. And that is what the doctor in this case thinks has happened on this occasion.

He was arrested back in 2011 after police raided his home and he confessed to looking at indecent pictures, stating ‘I’m glad you’ve come’.

Bewick handed officers a computer notebook and a number of other electronic storage devices at the time, after admitting to his father ‘I’ve been looking at pictures.’

In total, 1,257 indecent images were found.

The vast majority were of boys and ranged in seriousness from level one to four, including 22 videos.

Bewick admitted five charges of possessing indecent photographs of children following the raid on August 11 in 2011.

He was also ordered to register as a sex offender for ten years and made the subject of an indefinite sexual offences prevention order.

Bewick had appeared at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court in June of this year and pleaded guilty to failing to notify authorities that he had moved address.

He was given a community order for 12 months, fined £100 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £85 and costs of £85.