February 2018

Jury finds high-profile Hull councillor guilty of making indecent photos of children

A jury has today found a Hull councillor guilty of making indecent photographs of children.

Steven Bayes, 56, former vice-chair of the City of Culture company, and a Cabinet member with responsibility for overseeing long-term regeneration, until he was suspended, was found guilty of two counts of making indecent photographs of children.

He was also found guilty of a third count of possessing extreme pornographic images, involving adults and animals, by the jury at Hull Crown Court which had spent just over five hours deliberating.

Judge Recorder Richard Woolfall warned Bayes, a nurse at Hull Royal Infirmary until being suspended in 2016, that he could face a jail sentence, adding:”All sentencing options will be open to the court, including custody.”

Bayes will have to sign the Sex Offenders Register.

Bayes was charged after police raided his flat in Hull in August 2016 and took away a Hewlett Packard laptop computer, which was found to contain the illegal material, from an iOS back-up from two iPads.

The indecent images, which contained images and film clips of children thought to be as young as seven, were only revealed through a forensic examination of the laptop and could not be seen without specialist knowledge.

During cross-examination he said if he had known there were indecent images on his laptop “I would probably have dropped it into the sea off a North Sea Ferry. It’s like kryptonite – you don’t want anything to do with it.”