November 2018

Paedophile dad watched hour-long films of the ‘worst kind’ of child abuse

A paedophile father watched hour-long films of children being sexually abused in the most horrific way.

Lee Holmes, 48, was caught with 227 category A videos – the most serious – among his vast stockpile of downloaded child abuse material.

In total, police found 1,837 indecent images or films on two computers and a hard drive when they carried out a raid at his east Hull home on August 30 last year, Hull Crown Court heard.

He also had one image of extreme pornography.

Although some of the indecent material was no longer accessible to him, he had been downloading and watching it for five years when the warrant was executed following information passed to police.

‘It’s a long time to be watching that’

Some of the victims were just four years old.

Describing the duration of some of the category A videos, prosecutor Phillip Evans said: “Fifty-three minutes, in the Crown’s submission, is a long time to be watching material of that nature.”

Holmes, of Clive Vale, Estcourt Street, admitted four offences of making indecent images and one of possessing extreme pornography.

Sentencing Holmes to a year in jail, suspended for two years, Recorder Caroline Wigin told him: “Over the five years, you’ve been sitting at home accessing the worst type of child pornography – not just stills but long films – and you sat and watched them.

“Class A is so-called because it’s the most serious type of child pornography involving very real children who are having to undergo appalling treatment, and you have sat and watched these films; over 200 such films, Mr Holmes.

“But what have you done that’s helped you, Mr Holmes? Well, you have pleaded guilty to these offences at the earliest opportunity and you have co-operated with the probation officer, and you have shown what I believe to be genuine remorse.

“You must stop doing this. You must understand these very real children have been made subject to this appalling treatment for the satisfaction of men like you. That’s why it’s happened to them. It may just be films but it’s effect on these children cannot be considered as to how appalling it is for them.”

Holmes was ordered to attend 31 sessions of a new Horizons programme for internet offenders and have up to 40 days rehabilitation.

He was placed under an electronically-monitored curfew for three months between 7pm and 7am, must register as a sex offender for ten years, and was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order for the same period.

‘Jail is hard for people like you’

The judge warned him: “If you don’t comply with the order I’m making upon you today then you will be subject to a sentence of imprisonment.

Imprisonment is very hard for people committing the offences that you have committed. Do you understand?”

“Yes,” said Holmes.