November 2018

Sex offender banned from using aliases online emailed police to complain… using an alias

A man from Cardiff who was banned from using aliases on the internet was caught by police – after he used an alias to email them to complain about how they treated him.

Cyril Hague was restricted from using the internet under a Sexual Harm Prevention Order he was given after being convicted of possessing indecent images of children.

The 56-year-old man was given the order when he was sentenced to eight months in prison at Newport Crown Court for the offence in 2016.

The orders are designed to protect the public from an individual who has been convicted under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

On Tuesday, Cardiff Crown Court heard that earlier this year Hague emailed police from an account under a different name.

Hague signed the email using his own name and put his postcode even though the email appeared to come from a “Karl Davies”.

When police investigated, they also found that he had a Facebook account under the name “Karl Davies”.

The Sexual Harm Prevention Order explicitly banned Hague from using an alias online and from accessing the internet from a computer that does not show the history.

During a police interview, he swore at officers and said to one: “I hope your wife is killed and raped.”

The court heard that it was not Hague’s first breach of the order.

He had already been found to have been using a computer to access cartoon images of children of a sexual nature and he had software that was in breach of the order.

The court heard that the first breach was discovered on July 14, 2017, when police visited Hague for a prearranged appointment.

DC Amanda Edwards found a “damaged” computer that had its “keyboard smashed, dent to casing and various leads hanging out,” prosecutor Marian Lewis told the court.

Hague told her he had “lost his temper and had taken a hammer to the computer the previous night.”

At the time, the computer was not seized.

But a week later, the detective visited again to examine the computer.

She found it was in “full working order”. The computer was initially examined and software was found that could breach the Order.

Hague was then arrested.

After further investigation, 339 images of an offensive nature were found, including cartoons of teenagers depicted in sexual acts.

Software was also found, but there was no evidence it would wipe the computer.

His defence barrister, Nick Gedge, said he was looking for the images only looked at 27 images and then deleted them.

He also said he used a different name on his email address and a Facebook account for fear of being identified by the community, but those he spoke to using them knew who he was.

Hague, of Withycombe Road in Llanrumney, was sentenced to a total of 20 months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months after being charged with two counts of possessing prohibited images and breaching his Sexual Harm Prevention Order multiple times.

A community order, including a rehabilitation activity for 40 days, was ordered, as well as a new Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

His Honour Judge Jeremy Jenkins told him: “Let me make it clear, if you come back to me on a breach, into custody you will go.”