March 2018

Rugby man who downloaded child abuse images and bestiality avoids jail

Child abuse images and bestiality were downloaded by a Rugby man – but he has escaped being jailed after his case took almost two years to come to court.

Clive Holden appeared at Warwick Crown Court after pleading guilty to three charges of making indecent images of children and one of possessing an extreme pornographic image.

Holden, 45, of Berrybanks, Rugby, was sentenced to 12 months in prison suspended for two years, and was ordered to take part in a rehabilitation activity.

Judge Sylvia de Bertodano, who said Holden had had ‘a lengthy wait,’ also ordered him to pay £345 costs and to register as a sex offender for ten years.

Prosecutor Dean Easthope said Holden’s offending came to light as long ago as March 2016 when Rugby police received information about his internet use.

Executing a search warrant in May that year, officers found 230 indecent images of children on his phone

They included 36 stills and nine movies classed as being in category A – the most serious category.

As well as other images of children in the two less serious categories, there was one extreme pornographic image of an act of bestiality.

When he was interviewed, Holden said he had ‘perhaps swapped some pictures’ with someone under 18.

He said he had communicated with girls he thought were 18 or over, but that it became apparent they were actually 15, and he exchanged images with them.

But Judge Sylvia de Bertodano observed there was no charge in relation to those activities, even though they were ‘much more serious offences.’