Pae­dophile used neigh­bours’ in­ter­net

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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”.

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