February 2019

Man persisted in downloading child abuse images even after counselling

A paedophile who was using “filthy and revolting” search terms has been jailed.

Symon Bain was given a court order banning him from downloading child abuse images in 2015.

But regardless of that, as well as counselling, he went on to search out thousands more indecent photographs of youngsters.

The 54-year-old, of Blagrove Close in Hartcliffe, pleaded guilty to six charges of making indecent photographs of children.

He also admitted two breaches of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Judge James Patrick jailed him for four-and-a-half years.

He told Bain: “You were undertaking searches using filthy and revolting search terms.

You have a severe addiction to this sort of material and this sort of offending.”

The judge ordered Bain’s computer equipment to be forfeited.

Alistair Haggerty, prosecuting, told Bristol Crown Court yesterday (February 13) that Bain had 42 sexual offences on his criminal record, including possession and distribution of child abuse images.

In 2015, Bain was handed an order banning him from using child abuse search terms online.

But police twice linked him to inappropriate searches, the court heard.

In 2016 he was found with 5,493 images, 1008 of which were Category A.

After being bailed and obtaining new computer equipment, he was found with 51 further images in 2017.

When interviewed, Bain told police that counselling had reduced, not eradicated, his activities.