August 2018

Man, 56, jailed for awful crimes he says he cannot remember committing

A man who claimed he could not remember sexually assaulting a girl has been jailed for four years.

Andrew Hunsdon, 56, was arrested after police suspected he was downloading indecent images of young children

But when police raided his home in Amber Hill near Boston in August 2016, they found photographs he had taken of a girl.

The girl was traced by officers and she revealed she had also been sexually abused by Hunsdon.

Richard Thatcher, prosecuting at Lincoln Crown Court, said: “The police were in receipt of information that the defendant had been involved in file sharing of indecent photographs and videos of children.

“He was challenged and indicated he had been involved in sharing images.”

Hunsdon, formerly of Sutterton Drove, Amber Hill, Boston, but recently living in a psychiatric unit, admitted sexual assault of a child under the age of 13, sexual activity with a child and two charges of taking an indecent image of a child.

He also admitted three charges of making a total of 430 indecent images of children and a further charge of possessing 62 extreme pornographic images.

Judge Simon Hirst, passing sentence, told Hunsdon: “You maintain that you have no recollection of committing these offences.

“I find it difficult to accept that, bearing in mind that you told the police which computer equipment you had used to access indecent images of children.

“Plainly your offending is so serious that only an immediate custodial sentence can be passed.”