October 2008

Spared jail for second child abuse images conviction

A shop manager who downloaded and sent child abuse images was spared jail yesterday.

Pervert Randolph Greenland, 58, of Llwyni Drive in Connah’s Quay, was placed on a three year community order at Mold Crown Court yesterday.

Greenland, a widower, admitted between January 2005 and December last year he made 54 indecent photographs and videos of children, by downloading them off the internet.

The 58-year-old, who had a previous conviction for possessing child porn in 2001, also admitted a more serious offence of distributing indecent material – an image found by police in Kent.

Local officers then executed a search warrant at Greenland’s home and seized a laptop, a tower computer and some CDs.

Under the order he must be supervised by the probation service and attend a community sex offender group programme.

Greenland is prohibited from owning or using a computer. He must also not approach or communicate with children under 16 and must not live, or even stay one night, at a property where there is a child present.

Greenland is banned from taking work or any organised activity which involves children.

Mold Crown Court heard Greenland was a shop manager and had retained his job. The company had moved him sideways to work at another store.

Judge Philip Hughes ordered Greenland to register as a sex offender for the next five years and pay £722 costs.

The computers and indecent material were forfeited and ordered to be destroyed.

Prosecutor Gareth Parry said a camcorder not involved in the offences, which contained photographs of the defendant’s late wife, would be returned to him.

Mr Parry told how 11 of the images seized were at the more serious level four and when first interviewed, he denied any involvement. He said he did access adult porn: if his computer flagged up child porn he would delete it.

Mr Parry said Greenland had a similar conviction of making indecent images of children in 2001 when he had been fined at Mold Crown Court.

Judge Hughes said making and distributing such images merited a prison sentence, especially with a previous conviction, but the point made by Mr Philpotts was a pertinent one.

He warned Greenland: “If I have anything to do with it, I will send you to prison if you breach this order.”