March 2018

Bristol granddad downloaded child and animal sex abuse photos

A church-going granddad who downloaded “abhorrent” child abuse images has been spared immediate jail.

Vernon Martin came to the attention of authorities when abuse photos he accessed triggered alerts.

Bristol Crown Court heard a multi-force police inquiry established he had downloaded images of children and animals being abused and had passed on one image to a like-minded pervert.

Martin, 59, of Ottrells Mead in Bradley Stoke, pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent images of a child.

He also admitted a charge of distributing an indecent image of a child, and possessing an extreme pornographic image showing sexual activity involving an animal.

He also admitted he had child sex fantasy chats online with someone professing to be a girl aged 15.

The Recorder of Bristol His Honour Judge Peter Blair QC handed him a six-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

He told Martin: “The computer equipment contaminated with this abhorrent material will be forfeited and destroyed.”

Martin was made the subject of a seven-year sexual harm prevention order, banning him from unchecked Internet use.

He was ordered to register as a sex offender for seven years, barred from working with children and told to pay £500 court costs and a £115 statutory surcharge.