December 2018

Flintshire man admits possessing indecent images of children and breaching sexual harm order

A man has admitted breaching his sexual harm prevention order and possessing indecent images of children.

Matthew Graham Hatfield, 40, appeared at North East Wales Magistrates Court where he pleaded guilty to seven charges.

District judge Gwyn Jones rebailed him until next month for sentence.

He told Hatfield, of Ffordd Ogwen in Bryn-y-Baal, near Mold, that it would be decided on the next occasion if he would be sentenced at the magistrates court or whether the case would be sent to the crown court for sentence.

Hatfield admitted that between July 2016 and October last year he had in his possession 23 indecent images of children at category C.

He admitted breaching his sexual harm prevention order, imposed on him in November 2016, by deleting his internet browsing history.

Hatfield further admitted possessing an extreme pornographic image portraying a sex act between a human and a dog and four charges of possessing prohibited images of children.

The Mold court was told the offences put him in breach of an earlier 12 week prison sentence which had been suspended for two years.

Mark Davies, defending, told the court Hatfield was a man who suffered from substantial health issues.

The judge ordered a pre-sentence report from the probation service.