Paedophile used neighbours’ internet
A paedophile has been jailed after using his neighbours’ internet to download images of child sex abuse. Police initially questioned the neighbours, who had sold an ipad to the sex offender for £20, and given him access to their broadband.
Nottingham Crown Court heard that Mark Branson, 38, had been banned from using the internet after being released in 2013 from a three-year jail sentence for offences linked to indecent images of children.
Branson admitted breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, and was jailed for six months.
Judge James Sampson said: “The prohibition from using the internet was designed to prevent you from repeating your offending”. He added that one of the “serious aspects” of the case was that suspicion had been thrown on Branson’s innocent neighbours.
Samuel Coe, prosecuting, said police found three tablets in his home, adding that Branson had claimed he’d smashed up the ipad a week before.
Chris Hogg, defending, said Branson’s actions were a cry for help: “He wanted to be put somewhere where he would be out of harm’s way”.