Sus­pended sen­tence for in­de­cent im­age charge

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A PAE­DOPHILE who kept in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren as well as pic­tures of peo­ple per­form­ing sex acts with an­i­mals has avoided jail.

Kevin Cas­tle, of White­hall, Uxbridge, was charged with six counts of mak­ing in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren, two counts of pos­sess­ing in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren, one count of pos­sess­ing ex­treme graphic im­ages and one al­lowed to lie one the file. The 50-year-old had ad­mit­ted all the charges, which were made against him on June 5, 2014.

At Isle­worth Crown Court on Fri­day (Jan­uary 22), the pros­e­cu­tion told of how he had kept im­ages on his com­puter of peo­ple per­form­ing sex acts on a horse, sheep and llama.

The for­mer refuse col­lec­tor was given a sen­tence of 18 months, re­duced to 12 months, sus­pended for two years.

The judge also or­dered debt-rid­den Cas­tle to carry out 100 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice.

He was given a su­per­vi­sion re­quire­ment, or­dered to de­stroy his com­puter and barred from work­ing with chil­dren.

Be­fore sen­tenc­ing the judge said he con­sid­ered the im­pact a jail term would have on his el­derly mother, for whom Cas­tle is a carer. He also said that be­cause he had not viewed any im­ages since 2012, had no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, had pleaded guilty and shown re­morse he would be spared jail.

The judge said: “I can con­sider what is the ap­pro­pri­ate sen­tence be­cause of the needs she (his mother) has from you. I do find that there is a low risk of re­of­fend­ing.”

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