Pae­dophile jailed for dis­tribut­ing 60,000 im­ages

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - QASIM PERACHA

A PAE­DOPHILE from Southall who made and distributed more than 60,000 in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren has been jailed.

Even while on bail, hav­ing ad­mit­ted to po­lice that he down­loaded and kept the in­de­cent im­ages, he con­tin­ued to use the in­ter­net to find child pornog­ra­phy.

Reg­nori­cus Shan­mugam was first ar­rested by po­lice who were act­ing on in­tel­li­gence that an un­known sus­pect was us­ing the in­ter­net at an ad­dress in Chaucer Av­enue, Hayes, to down­load in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren, Metropoli­tan Po­lice said.

Shan­mugam was at the ad­dress when po­lice ar­rived on De­cem­ber 20, 2016, and con­fessed that he had been down­load­ing the il­le­gal pic­tures at a south Lon­don po­lice sta­tion.

The Trin­ity Road, Southall, res­i­dent was re­leased on bail and or­dered to come back in Oc­to­ber 2017. While on bail he was not al­lowed to have any un­su­per­vised con­tact with any­one be­low the age of 18. He also had to re­port to a po­lice sta­tion once a week.

The 28-year-old’s bail was ex­tended to March 2018 but Metropoli­tan Po­lice be­came aware of new ev­i­dence that he has been dis­tribut­ing in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren.

Three de­vices with mem­ory cards were re­cov­ered by po­lice in a swoop on Jan­uary 12, which proved that he had been down­load­ing in­de­cent im­ages since hav­ing first been ar­rested in Oc­to­ber 2016.

Shan­mugam was charged that day with three counts of dis­tribut­ing in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren and three counts of mak­ing in­de­cent photographs of a child.

He was re­manded into cus­tody the fol­low­ing day at Uxbridge Mag­is­trates’ Court be­fore ap­pear­ing at Isle­worth Crown Court on June 11, when he pleaded guilty to all counts.

He was sen­tenced to three years in prison on Tues­day July 2, the Met said.

PC Ania Su­dol, at­tached to the Met’s On­line Child Sex­ual Ex­ploita­tion and Abuse (OCSEA), said: “Shan­mugam told of­fi­cers in his in­ter­view that he knew that view­ing or down­load­ing these sorts of im­ages was il­le­gal, how­ever he con­tin­ued to do so, show­ing bla­tant dis­re­gard for the law.

“Anal­y­sis of com­put­ers, hard-drives and mo­bile phones seized sub­se­quently iden­ti­fied that he had over 60,000 in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren and had been in­volved in the large scale distri­bu­tion of these im­ages via in­stant mes­sag­ing apps over a sig­nif­i­cant pe­riod of time.

“I’m thank­ful to all the of­fi­cers in­volved in this op­er­a­tion in help­ing put a very dan­ger­ous man in prison for

Reg­nori­cus Shan­mugam had not only down­loaded the im­ages but was dis­tribut­ing them via in­stant mes­sag­ing apps

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