February 2019

Bridegroom faces jail on return to York

A bridegroom may be jailed after he returns to York from his marriage ceremony in Thailand.

David Carl Massey, 38, had a flight booked to fly out of England days after admitting offences involving indecent images of children and extreme pornography, York Crown Court heard.

“He is going on holiday by himself to be married to a lady,” said his solicitor advocate Graham Parkin, applying for sentence to be adjourned until April.

The couple have known each other for several years and the trip had been booked before Massey was charged, said the solicitor advocate. Massey had had to convince the British Embassy and the Home Office there was a genuine bond between the couple before he could book her ticket to the UK.

Judge Andrew Stubbs QC told Massey: “When you return, the court will be considering a custodial sentence. You must understand if you don’t come back, you will be committing a separate offence.”

Massey, of Abbots Gait, Huntington, pleaded guilty to three charges of having indecent images of children, one of having a prohibited image of a child and one of having extreme pornography.

The court heard he had thousands of images of the lowest category of children being abused and 122 of the two higher categories.

He will be sentenced on April 12 and was told to contact the probation service on his return to the UK so that a pre-sentence report can be prepared. He was granted bail.