April 2018

Coheston man downloaded more than 31,000 indecent images

A Cosheston man was found in possession of more than 31,000 indecent images of children, a court has heard.

Andrew Durrant, 63, pleaded guilty to five charges when he appeared before Haverfordwest magistrates on Tuesday, April 24.

Dennis Davies, prosecuting, said police acted on information they had received and went to Durrant’s property with a warrant on June 4.

They found he had downloaded 335 indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of children classed as the most serious Category A between October 28, 2006 and June 4, 2017, plus 499 Category B images between the same dates.

There were 31,050 category C images downloaded between November 23, 2003 and June 4, 2017, and he was found to be in possession of 1,157 prohibited images of a child on June 4.

Durrant also admitted possession of an extreme pornographic image portraying acts of intercourse with an animal, which were grossly offensive.

Mr Davies added that some of the children in the images were aged as young as two.

Magistrates declined jurisdiction, and Durrant will next appear at Swansea crown court on May 25.

He was released on unconditional bail until his next hearing.