October 2018

Norwich sex offender released despite fears he’d re-offend was then found with more indecent images

A convicted sex offender given early release despite fears he might re-offend was found with dozens of indecent images of children, a court heard.

Stephen Tweed, 62, of Drayton Road, Norwich, was released from a four-year extended sentence in November, last year, and when police made checks on him just a few months later, they seized computer equipment, which was later found to have been used by him to download indecent images of children, Norwich Crown Court heard.

Lori Tucker, prosecuting, said he was released on bail while investigations into his computer were made but when re-arrested on April 19, they found a memory stick hidden in his car on which there were a further 82 indecent images of children.

The court heard that Tweed was jailed in 2014 for downloading and distributing indecent images of children and given four years in custody with a five year extended licence.

Tweed, who appeared via video link from Norwich prison had at an earlier hearing admitted downloading indecent images of children between February 21 and March 7 this year, possession of prohibited images on March 6 and April 19 this year, which included 82 prohibited images of children, and downloading indecent images of children on April 19, this year.

Tweed also admitted downloading indecent images of children between April 1 and April 20. this year, and two breaches of his sexual harm prevention order.

Judge Maureen Bacon, who also sentenced Tweed back in 2014, imposed a nine year extended sentence made-up of four years custody with five years extended licence, and told him he posed a high risk of serious harm.

She said he had been released early from the last sentence by the Parole Board despite his offender manager thinking he was of high risk of re-offending.

Judge Bacon told Tweed: “Your offender manager was right. You present a significant risk to members of the public.”

She said that he was already on the sex offender’s register for life and subject to a sexual harm prevention order and banned from working with children.

August 2018

Convicted sex offender admits having indecent images of children

A convicted sex offender admitted being found with a string of indecent images of children and breaching a court order put in place to prevent his future offending.

Stephen Tweed, 62, of Drayton Road, Norwich, who has a previous conviction for possessing and distributing indecent images of children, pleaded guilty to downloading indecent photographs of children between February 21 and March 7 this year, possession of prohibited images on March 6 and April 19 this year, which included 82 prohibited images of children, and downloading indecent images of children on April 19 this year.

Tweed also admitted downloading indecent images of children between April 1 and 20 this year and two breaches of his sexual harm prevention order.

Judge Anthony Bate adjourned sentencing at Norwich Crown Court until September 12.

April 2014

Man from King’s Lynn admits possessing and distributing indecent images of children

A man from King’s Lynn has admitted possessing and distributing indecent images of children.

Stephen Tweed, 58, of Samphire, King’s Lynn, appeared before Norwich Crown Court today where he pleaded guilty to a series of charges.

He pleaded guilty to five counts of distributing indecent photographs, pseudo-photographs, DVDs and CDs of children, and he admitted five counts of possessing indecent photographs of children for show.

He also admitted one count of possessing extreme pornographic images involving an animal.

The offences are all alleged to have happened between January 1 and December 31 last year.

Tweed, who was represented in court by William Carter, was remanded in custody. He will next appear in court on May 15.