July 2018

Aberystwyth man killed himself after indecent images plea

A man took his own life after admitting the possession of indecent images, a coroner has ruled.

Alan William Burrell, 54, was found by police in his Aberystwyth flat on 8 February this year, after last being seen by a neighbour five days earlier.

He had admitted three charges at the town’s magistrates’ court on 31 January and been bailed ahead of sentencing at Swansea Crown Court on 23 February.

Coroner Peter Brunton recorded a conclusion of suicide.

A post-mortem examination found the cause of death was a toxic combination of prescription drugs and alcohol.

Burrell had been diagnosed with depression in 2010 and with leukaemia in January this year.

Mr Brunton told Aberystwyth Justice Centre on Wednesday it was “quite clear” from a note left by Burrell that he was “concerned about what was going to happen at the crown court” and was “under extreme pressure”.

“He could not go on facing the consequences of his actions,” Mr Brunton said.

February 2018

Man admits possession of 13,000 indecent images of children

AN Aberystwyth man will be sentenced in Swansea Crown Court after he admitted possession of over 13,000 indecent images of children.

Alan William Burrell, 54, pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent images of children by downloading images of different categories found on his computer by police officers executing a search warrant.

Prosecutor Helen Tench said checks of Burrell’s computer had discovered three images of Category A, the most serious category, with 41 images rated as being Category B and 13,279 Category C images.

She said internet searches made by Burrell, of 7 Everton House, Cliff Terrace, contained search terms including ‘jailbait’ and ‘tiny’, with the images consisting of girls who appeared to be aged between 12 and 16.

Ms Tench said that, while it was a large amount of images, the vast majority of the images were in the lowest category, but despite that magistrates ruled Burrell should be sentenced at crown court.

Defence solicitor Alan Lewis said there was considerable mitigation for Burrell, but said that would be heard by the sentencing court.

Burrell was released on unconditional bail until a sentencing hearing on 23 February.

He will have to register as a sex offender in the meantime.