September 2018

Former McDonald’s worker breached sexual harm prevention order within a month

A former McDonald’s worker breached his sexual harm prevention order by lying to the police about having a mobile phone just one month after it was issued.

Burnley Crown Court heard how Samuel Peter Lenton Williams was given the order on June 13 after pleading guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children and one of distributing an indecent image of a child.

Williams, 23, was given a five-year sexual harm prevention order which required him to produce any devices capable of accessing the internet when asked by the police and to not delete his internet history.

But when officers went to his home in Bury Road, Haslingden, after Williams had made complaints about threats from neighbours, he lied about having a mobile phone.

Prosecuting, Peter Barr said: “When the officers arrived the defendant took some time to open the door.

“He seemed initially reluctant to let them into the house to speak to him. Eventually he did let them in.

“The officer asked Mr Williams if he had any internet enabled devices, Mr Williams said no. He asked him if he had a mobile phone and Mr Williams said no.”

Williams then told police he was ‘staying away from the internet because he didn’t want to get into more trouble’.

“He seemed initially reluctant to let them into the house to speak to him. Eventually he did let them in.

“The officer asked Mr Williams if he had any internet enabled devices, Mr Williams said no. He asked him if he had a mobile phone and Mr Williams said no.”

Williams then told police he was ‘staying away from the internet because he didn’t want to get into more trouble’.

However officers noticed there was an internet hub in his living room.

Mr Barr said officers went upstairs and found an iPhone phone charger plugged into a socket in the defendant’s bedroom. Officers found a phone tucked in between his bed and mattress.

Mr Barr said: “Williams conceded the phone was his and he had had it for two weeks. He was taken to the police station.

“When he was interviewed he accepted all the charges that had been read out to him.”

Williams pleaded guilty to three counts of breaching a sexual harm prevention order in that he failed to inform police that he had bought an internet enabled smartphone, failed to make an internet enabled smart phone available for inspection, and had deleted the internet history.

Judge Jonathan Gibson sentenced Williams to four weeks’ imprisonment suspended for 18 months and pay £100 prosecution costs, which will be deducted from his benefits.

June 2018

Pervert downloaded ‘dreadful sexual abuse’ images involving young children

A pervert who downloaded ‘dreadful sexual abuse’ images of young children has avoided jail.

Police raided Samuel Williams’ home in Haslingden and seized a laptop and USB stick containing 87 category A images – the most serious – 59 category B and 120 category C images.

Williams told police that he started using cocaine after his brother died and was sent the images over internet chat sites.

The 23-year-old pleaded guilty at Burnley Crown Court to three counts of making indecent images of children and one count of distributing a category B image of a child.

He was given a three-year community order with a sex offender treatment programme and a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement and ordered to pay £800 costs. He was also given a five-year sexual harm prevention order and ordered to sign the sex offenders register for five years.

Prosecutor Lisa Worsley said the warrant was executed on Bury Road in Haslingden on August 18 last year.

The court heard how Williams ‘immediately’ said he had shared an image of a child over the internet and ‘used it for watching pornography’.

However he denied saving the indecent images on his computer and said he had deleted them.

Miss Worsley said during the defendant’s police interview he said he would go on chat sites while under the influence of cocaine and would ask for pictures of girls ‘around 18 years old’.

Williams told officers that he would ‘occasionally get a picture of a person who was too young and he would stop the chat’.

The court was told that a search of Williams’ laptop revealed ‘pertinent search terms’ and that he was ‘deliberately looking for illegal images of children’.

Sentencing, Judge Jonathan Gibson said: “These images depict dreadful sexual abuse of children.”