April 2018

Convicted paedophile spared jail because last sentence interfered with his ‘training’

A convicted paedophile caught with indecent images of children for the second time has avoided prison sentence so he can get some “training”.

Stephen Evans, 66, was jailed for 12 months in 2006 for possessing indecent images, and was discharged conditionally four years later for breaching a sexual offences prevention order.

The Withernsea pensioner has now been back before the courts for a third time after police found a collection of child abuse videos on his computer during a raid on his home last year.

Prosecutor Phillip Evans told Hull Crown Court officers executed a warrant at his North Street home at 8.52am on April 5 and seized an external hard drive.

Analysis showed it contained 23 movies at category A – the most extreme – seven movies at category B and one at category C. Evans had downloaded the material from a file-sharing website called “Emule” and had viewed them between March and April that year, although 20 of the videos were in the electronic recycling bin when police arrived.

Mr Evans told the court that all the victims were girls, and the films varied in length from seconds to more than 13 minutes.

Evans, who came into court with the aid of two walking sticks, admitted three offences of possessing indecent images of children.

Sentencing Evans to 20 months in jail, suspended for two years, the judge told him: “This is not one of those cases where the number of images is huge but was nonetheless substantial. You had these indecent images in the full knowledge that it was illegal to possess them, and you knew the view that the courts take on this type of offending.

“It may be that had the probation service been able to complete all of the work they wanted to do with you as part of that [earlier] sentence, that you may have been better prepared to avoid offending this time, and I’m persuaded by the terms in which the pre-sentence report author has prepared her report that yours is one of those cases where it may be that you can avoid offending in the future if given the assistance of the probation service to reduce the risk of further offending.

“Your position is obviously made more serious because of that previous conviction, and in my judgement, if you had been convicted of these offences after a trial a sentence in the region of 30 months imprisonment would be appropriate.

“But it is to your credit that you cooperated and pleaded guilty at the first opportunity, and that saves you from going immediately to custody. I have decided that the public are better served by punishing you in the community.”

 

Evans must complete 29 two-hour sessions on the Horizon programme and have up to 15 days rehabilitation. He was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order indefinitely and must register as a sex offender for ten years.