June 2018

Twelve-month community order for Bridgend man who had child abuse images on computer

A former member of the Royal Navy who was found to have indecent images of children on his computer has been given a community order for one year at Cardiff Crown Court

Children in the images, said prosector Byron Broadstock, were aged from eight to 14.

James Carr (60), was “appalled” at his behaviour and had shown huge remorse and contrition, said his solicitor Robert Chudleigh.

Carr, of Bryntirion, Bridgend, admitted three charges of possessing indecent images of children, possessing extreme pornography and possessing cannabis bush.

The community order involves rehabilitation for 25 days.

He was ordered to pay costs of £340 and a court surcharge of £85.

In addition, the court made a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for five years.

Mr Broadstock said that on January 26, police went to Carr’s address and seized a number of electronic devices.

On the way to the police station, Carr said: “I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time.”

He pointed out that he was guilty.

When the computers were analysed, there were images, both still and moving, involving three degrees of seriousness.

There were also a number of extreme pornographic images.

Said Judge Neil Bidder QC: “This was dreadful abuse of children.”

Mr Broadstock said Carr had had “problems with pornography” which he had obtained from the internet. Carr had said that curiosity had got the better of him; he was disgusted with himself and knew what he was doing was wrong and illegal.

There was no evidence, said Mr Broadstock, that Carr had communicated with others and he used cannabis occasionally to alleviate stress and anxiety.

His admissions, he said, were full and frank.

The Judge said that 95 per cent of defendants facing such charges were not as frank.

Mr Chudleigh said Carr would engage with whatever sentence the court passed.

He was, he said, a full time carer for his sick father.

Said the Judge: “You were entirely frank with the police after becoming addicted to this revolting material. You told the police everything.”

He said if his frankness continued when he was interviewed by the probation service then there was a good prospect of rehabilitation.

Carr, said Judge Bidder, had been under a great deal of strain and caring for his parents had been a tremendous burden.

“You are a man of positive good character and your family is standing by you.”