August 2018

Pervert admits downloading hundreds of indecent images of children

A man who downloaded hundreds of pornographic images of children at his home in Sutton Montis has been sent to Taunton Crown Court to be sentenced.

Matthew Cornish, 53, appeared in the dock before Somerset Magistrates’ Court in Yeovil facing three charges said to have been committed over a two-year period.

He pleaded guilty that between June 1, 2015, and May 15, 2017, at Sutton Montis, he made an indecent photograph of a child in the most serious Category A.

He also admitted two further charges relating to indecent images of children placed in Categories B and C between the same dates.

Prosecutor Emma Lenanton said the photographs were recovered by police from the defendant’s devices which were seized from his home address in Sutton Montis.

When they were analysed they were found to comprise a total of 41 Category A images; 98 in Category B and a further 1,857 in Category C.

After hearing of the large number of images involved in the case the magistrates refused to accept the case saying they did not feel they had adequate powers of punishment.

As a result they ordered Cornish to be sent to the crown court to be sentenced by a judge and adjourned all three matters until September 14 when the defendant must appear before a hearing at Taunton.

In the meantime he was released on unconditional bail.