Paedophile who described child abuse chats on Kik app as ‘banter’ is jailed
A paedophile described vile online chats about abusing children as “banter” when quizzed by police.
Tesco worker Emlyn Williams was arrested in the Caernarfon store he worked at. He had 3,156 images and 1,430 videos of abuse which he exchanged with other perverts on the app Kik.
Some of the images found on 60-year-old Williams’ devices were of children as young as a few months old being abused.
But when interviewed, he described his child abuse chat as “banter” and a way to get more “filth” from other app users.
Caernarfon crown court heard North Wales Police had been tipped off by the National Crime Agency that a Kik user in the region had uploaded child sex abuse images.
The Canada-based social media firm was criticised be a British judge last year for hindering a police probe.
“KiK has previously been somewhat of a safe-haven for those trading in child abuse material,” prosecutor Mark Connor said.
But it had now recognised its responsibility for safeguarding children.
Williams had also used Whatsapp to exchange messages.
Defence barrister Simon Killeen said Williams regretted what he had done, that he was a “very sad figure” and that jail would be a “severe punishment” for him. He had lost his job, given a full admission to police, and wanted to address his offending.
Judge Huw Rees told Williams the children were “real victims”.
“Showing any interest in such images creates a demand for further abuse of children,” he added
Hughes, of Tai Beuno, Clynnog-fawr, Caernarfon, admitted making and distributing indecent images of children.
He was jailed for 21 months and a ten-year sexual harm prevention order was made.
He was ordered to register as a sex offender and two smart phones were confiscated.
Caernarfon warehouseman admits making more than 1,300 indecent images of children
A 60-YEAR-old man did not seek bail when he pleaded guilty on Friday to an indecent images offence.
Emlyn Williams of Tai Beuno, Caernarfon, was accused of making more than 1,300 indecent images of children at his address between July 2017 and July last year.
Diane Williams, prosecuting at Llandudno court, said there were more than 1,000 of category A – the most serious – and involved images of boys and girls aged between three months and 16 years.
Magistrates agreed with her application for the case to be heard at the crown court. “We decline jurisdiction,” announced chairwoman Jean Bryson.
Williams made no indication of plea to several other offences involving images.
His solicitor Chris Dawson said the defendant “had no objection to being remanded in custody.”
Williams, a warehouseman, was sent in custody to Caernarfon crown court where he will appear on February 12.