2016

Pervert caught with more than 10,000 indecent images of children and animals

A paedophile who was caught with more than 10,000 indecent images of children and animals on his computer avoided a prison sentence.

Daniel Bailey, of Killyvarder Way, Bethel, St Austell, appeared at Truro Crown Court to be sentenced and kept his head bowed throughout proceedings. He had pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of a child and two of possessing extreme prohibited pornographic images of children or animals.

The court heard how Bailey, 44, had between 10,000 and 15,000 images stored on four devices which were discovered during a police raid on his home in July 2015.

The images consisted of category A, category B and category C images including a number of videos. Peer-to-peer sharing software for distributing the pictures was also found but resulted in no specific charges.

The material featured children aged five to seven, with one particular image showing a child between the age of five and seven with a look of fear and distress on her face, the court heard.

Sentencing, Recorder Ignatius Hughes, QC, noted that Bailey did not once lift his head throughout proceedings.

“I have no doubt you have failed to look at me because you are ashamed and you will do well to remember how you are feeling right now,” he said. “But the fact you are ashamed is no guarantee you won’t commit the same offence again.”

Recorder Hughes went on to note that by handing Bailey a short prison sentence it would offer no rehabilitant and he would be released “at least as damaged” as what he is now.

Bailey was handed a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years and told he must undertake a rehab action requirement and be the subject of a 10-year sexual harm prevention order.