Suspended sentence for disabled Wrexham man who downloaded child sex abuse images

A DISABLED man in a wheelchair has received a suspended prison sentence after a court heard how he had sickening images of child sex abuse on his computers.

Officers from North Wales Police and the National Crime Agency (NCA) went to Andrew Peter Goodwin’s home at Coedpoeth when information was received that the computer address there was being used to download images.

File-sharing software was being used which allowed the user to surf the Internet anonymously.

The computer IP address would appear as a different one – even from a different country.

But police established the images were being downloaded from Goodwin’s home in Heol Bryniog and a search warrant was executed last October.

Goodwin, wheeled into court by his wife – his full-time carer – admitted making by downloading 82 images and movies at the most serious category A.

He also admitted downloading 41 at category B and 59 at category C – together with 105 extreme image involved sex acts between humans and animals, including dogs.

Appearing at North East Wales Magistrates Court Goodwin was told his offending had been appalling and

clearly passed the custody threshold by a long way.

Goodwin received a 12 month prison sentence suspended for two years.

He was ordered to register with the police as a sex offender for the next decade and a 10-year sexual harm prevention order was made.

Goodwin was told he would have to undertake 60 days of rehabilitation to challenge his behaviour and try to prevent further offending. He must pay £85 costs and a £140 surcharge.

Prosecutor Rhian Jackson said there was no suggestion that Goodwin had shared the images.

His wife has informed officers that Goodwin had mental health issues and complete physical health issues.

Goodwin was woken up and the prosecutor said it was clear he suffered from severe anxiety and had to be reassured by his wife while officers were present.

He was in bed but it was confirmed he understood what was going on.

A number of computer-related items were seized.

Images were found which involved children aged between three and 15, both boys and girls.

Arrangements were made for him to be interviewed and he gave police a prepared statement in which he admitted what he had done.