May 2018

Man who downloaded child and bestiality porn spared jail sentence

A Wellington man who downloaded indecent images of children as well as images of bestiality has escaped being jailed.

27-year-old David Dickinson from Mantle Street in Wellington was told by Judge David Ticehurst at Taunton Crown Court he was ‘the illustration of the danger and damage that viewing pornography can cause’ when he appeared before him today.

Dickinson had pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent images and one of distribution.

Prosecuting, Rebecca Bradberry said he was arrested on January 17 this year, following a raid at his home on October 17 by Avon and Somerset police, who had received information that devices linked to him had been used to access images of children being abused.

“When they raided his home, they found two mobile phones and shortly afterwards he contacted the police and admitted he had been viewing images of children and bestiality on his phone,” she said.

“On one device they found 184 images, two of which were Category A images of child abuse, two of Category B and six Category C images. They also found 174 images showing bestiality and one category A movie.”

A second device also contained a handful of images of child abuse and six of bestiality.

“When he was interviewed he made full and frank admissions,” she said.

“He said he had been addicted to porn for years, and had lost touch with what was normal and legal. When he was younger, he ran up a £3,000 phone bill using sex chat lines.

“As soon as he bought a smartphone and was able to carry out certain searches online without his family stumbling across them, his addiction began once again.”

Sentencing, Judge David Ticehurst said: “If there was ever an illustration of the danger and damage viewing pornography can cause, you are it. You lost touch with normality and started to seek out more and more extreme images.

“But any reasonable person would have realised the images you were looking at were causing suffering to others. You should be thoroughly ashamed of the behaviour that you engaged in.”

Judge Ticehurst gave him a three-year community order, which includes a 90 day sex offenders programme and 50 days of rehabilitation activities, as well as 100 hours of unpaid works.

He was also made the subject of a five-year sexual harm prevention order and will be on the sex offender’s register for five years.

He was also ordered to pay £85 costs.