May 2019

OAP child sex offender in court after deleting his internet history

A pensioner convicted of sex offences faces jail after deleting his Internet browsing history.

Edward Stanley received a suspended prison sentence in 2010 after downloading hundreds of indecent images of children.

The 67-year-old was convicted of a similar crime three years later and handed a five year Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO)

Under the terms of the order the Lindley man is not allowed to delete Internet history.

However, this was found to be missing following an examination of computers at his Le Marchant Avenue address.

Stanley pleaded guilty to breaching his SOPO between January 1 and November 30 last year.

His solicitor Sajid Majeed said: “He installed (cleaning) software. The purpose was to try and clean the computers up and speed them up as they’d slowed down.

“He accepts that he was aware that he was prohibited from doing this as part of the SOPO.

“He accepts culpability. It’s not suggested that he’s done things and deleted the evidence.

“The way the case is brought is that he is subject to this order and in breach of it by doing this particular act.”

In November 2010 the multiple sclerosis sufferer was given a suspended sentence after being found with more than 300 indecent images of children on his computer.

Police also found magazines with indecent images of children in a carrier bag in his attic.

They were alerted by a repair man who had been checking another of Stanley’s computers and found links to child porn websites on it.

Police found 310 indecent images of children on the seized computer.

He admitted a series of charges relating to the making of indecent images of children and further allegations for the possession of the four child porn magazines.

Stanley was handed a suspended prison sentence because of his medical condition. He was ordered to register as a sex offender and restricted by the imposition of the SOPO.

Then in June 2013 he was convicted of similar offences at Bradford Crown Court and a five year SOPO was imposed.

Kirklees Magistrates’ Court was told that since its imposition Stanley has had regular visits by his offender manager and those responsible for ensuring his compliance with the order, which is how the offence was discovered.

Mr Majeed added: “There’s no suggestion up until this visit he’s ever acted in breach of the order.”

But prosecutor Vicky Trueman described the breach as deliberate. She said that an extreme pornographic image was recovered from Stanley’s computer but he claims this is an old image dealt with at his last court appearance.

Deputy District Judge Natalie Wortley said that the case was too serious for her to deal with.

She committed Stanley to Leeds Crown Court for sentencing on June 11 and warned him that a warrant will be issued for his arrest if he does not attend.

Stanley replied that in that case police will have to collect him. He said: “I can’t do it.

“I don’t leave my house at all. I won’t go anywhere unless they take me there.”