February 2018

Pervert from Plymouth is shopped by his own brother

A pervert with hundreds of indecent images of children on his computer was shopped by his own brother, a court heard.

Loner Steven Wright, aged 35, left the laptop at his father’s home – where the brother stumbled across vile search terms.

The computer was taken to a police station and Wright quickly confessed to his crime, Plymouth Crown Court heard.

Steven Jamie Wright, of Harewood Crescent, Honicknowle, pleaded guilty to three counts of possession of indecent images between February 2016 and April 2017.

He admitted charges of possession of four images in Category A; six in Category B and nine in Category C.

Category A images depict children being sexually abused by adults.

Michael Brown, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said that “hundreds” of indecent images of children were in fact found on the defendant’s laptop.

He added: “I cannot quite understand why the police saw fit to charge the amounts which they did.”

Mr Brown said that the defendant’s brother found Wright’s laptop at their father’s home.

He added: “The search history caused the brother some concern and he took the laptop to the police station.”

The barrister said children featured in the vile images were as young as five.

The court heard pictures were in accessible and inaccessible files and included stills, videos and cartoons.

The court heard that he was 35, had no previous convictions and had pleaded guilty immediately.

Judge Darlow interrupted the barrister’s submissions to propose a sentence based on the smaller number of admitted images.

The judge said: “There was deliberate and systematic searching for images. There were both still pictures and movies and some were of very young children.”

He handed Wright a six-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, with 35 days of intensive probation supervision. He must pay £340 prosecution costs and £115 victim surcharge.

Wright must sign the Sex Offender Register for seven years.