August 2018

Former Wallsend brewery manager tried to sell a phone containing child abuse images

This perverted pensioner tried to sell a mobile phone containing child abuse images – while on bail after being caught with a similar sickening collection.

Police found 164 pictures and videos on Bruce Walker’s mobile phone and computer tablet when they raided his home in July 2017.

A total of 27 of the images were in category A, the most serious of their type, showing the rape and torture of children

Newcastle Crown Court heard the former brewery manager denied he had deliberately searched for or downloaded abuse pictures but admitted he had been using chat-rooms.

The 65-year-old was granted bail while investigations continued.

Two months later, another phone, which had been handed in to a shop in North Shields to be sold, was traced back to Walker after staff alerted police that it contained six vile pictures.

Walker, formerly of Essex Gardens, Wallsend, North Tyneside, claimed the images had been “inadvertently downloaded”.

He later pleaded guilty to three offences of possessing indecent images of children.

Judge Edward Bindloss sentenced Walker to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, with programme requirements.

Walker must register as a sex offender and abide by a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years.

The judge told him: “On July 25, 2017 the police attended your address in Wallsend and seized a Samsung mobile phone and a Hewlett Packard device, a tablet.

“Upon those devices were 27 category A images and video, seven category B images and 130 category C images.

“You were interviewed and accepted the devices were yours but denied you had been searching for sexual images of children. You said you had been in chatrooms.

“In September 2017 a person known to you took a mobile phone to a shop in North Shields for it to be sold.

“They found six category C images of children and alerted the police, which led back to you.”

Judge Bindloss said it was an “aggravating feature” that Walker had images on the second phone while on bail for what was found on the first devices.