November 2018

Paedophile had 220 child abuse images

A CONVICTED paedophile was caught downloading indecent images of children on a computer he had bought just hours before, a judge heard today, November 9.

Paul Baker, aged 56, had been accessing the images as police officers approached his home in Wavell Crescent, Pembroke Dock.

Swansea crown court heard that Baker was already the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) for previous offending of a similar nature.

Craig Jones, prosecuting, said under a condition of the order police made routine visits to his home.

Officers called on August 10 and Baker offered them a Samsung mobile and a Lenova computer to inspect.

But an examination of a router showed there was a third device in the house, and officers found a new HP laptop hidden under his bed.

Baker confessed he had been accessing websites with indecent images of children that very morning, and told them they would find “four or five films”.

Mr Jones said the laptop had on it 220 indecent images of children, including 14 images and five films within the most serious category A.

They depicted full sex acts being performed on children as young as two or three, he added.

Mr Jones said that, by chance, Baker had avoided a charge of breaching the SHPO. That required him to tell the police about any device he obtained that could access the internet within 72 hours, but the time limit had not expired before officers found the laptop.

Mr Jones said that while police were at his home, officers saw him swallowing white tablets, and he told them he wanted to overdose and kill himself.

They prevented him from taking any more.

Judge Paul Thomas told Baker: “You don’t learn your lessons. Once again you have been caught with indecent images of children on your computer. These are awful offences.”

Baker was jailed for 12 months.

Judge Thomas issued a fresh SHPO, this one obliging Baker to inform the police before he bought a computer and not afterwards.