May 2018

Domino shop worker in Witney avoids jail over child sex images

A man who was the face of a shop in the heart of Witney has been spared jail after viewing thousands of sexual pictures of children.

Ian Pilcher, 63, who for 30 years worked at Domino Menswear in Corn Street, was yesterday handed a community sentence at Oxford Magistrates’ Court for making (downloading) indecent images of children.

The court heard Pilcher viewed the images to ‘cheer himself up’.

Pilcher, of Apley Way, Witney, had pleaded guilty to downloading more than 5,000 indecent images of children.

The court was told that Pilcher, who has been married for 34 years, had a preference for Category C images of young girls.

Police seized a number of electronic devices from Pilcher’s home and he helped identify where to find material.

District Judge Kamlesh Rana gave Pilcher an 18-month community sentence, which included 100 hours of unpaid work and a 30-day rehabilitation requirement.

She said it was ‘regrettable’ Pilcher was appearing in court after a life of previously good character.

The judge added: “I have to take into account the number of images and that, by viewing these images, you were condoning the exploitation of young children.”

District Judge Rana also ordered a sexual harm prevention order that will control how Pilcher accesses various electronic devices.

Pilcher appeared in the Oxford Mail in October when he revealed that Domino Menswear, which had sold menswear and school uniforms for 34 years, was moving to Abingdon to escape soaring business rates.

Pilcher, who was made redundant after the story was published, said at the time he was ‘immensely sad’ after serving four generations of customers at the store.