March 2019

Paedophile grandad caught with ‘cruel’ child abuse pictures and videos on his phone

A grandfather who had been married for 25 years was caught with dozens of pictures and videos of “cruel” child abuse on his mobile phone.

Kelvin Hemmings was found to have downloaded nearly 200 indecent images of babies and children ranging in age from one month to 12 years as well as extreme pornographic images.

Sentencing him at Cardiff Crown Court, Judge Jeremy Jenkins said: “Every single image represents a real child being abused in a most cruel way.”

The court heard officers from the Gwent Police online investigation team searched his home in Blackwood on January 28.

Suzanne Payne, prosecuting, said they asked if Hemmings had any indecent images and he replied: “On my mobile phone.”

The defendant was taken to Ystrad Mynach police station and his phone was seized and examined by the high-tech crime unit.

Prosecutors said it was found to contain 186 indecent images comprised of 176 pictures and 10 videos.

Officers found 39 images of the most serious Category A showing girls aged between six months and 12 years.

The court heard there were 41 Category B images and 106 Category C images with one showing a one-month-old baby girl.

Ms Payne said there was also a prohibited computer-generated image of a child involving a sex toy and nine extreme pornographic images including one involving a chicken.

Hemmings, 59, from Central Avenue in Cefn Fforest, admitted three counts of possessing indecent images of children as well as possessing a prohibited image and extreme pornography.

James Campbell, defending, said his client had been married for 25 years with three children and three grandchildren.

He told the court Hemmings had previous clean character and was a good husband, father and grandfather who is fortunate to have a supportive family.

The court heard he lost his job re-filling fire extinguishers when he was arrested and is currently relying on pensions.

Mr Campbell said: “He knows the images are horrendous. He is disgusted and ashamed of his behaviour.”

Hemmings was jailed for 10 months, suspended for two years. He must complete 30 days of a rehabilitation activity and 180 hours of unpaid work.

Judge Jenkins made a five-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and the defendant must register as a sex offender for 10 years.