Child porn of­fender awaits his sen­tence

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

A MAN who ad­mit­ted down­load­ing 134 in­de­cent images of chil­dren onto lap­top com­put­ers is this week await­ing sen­tence.

Colin Lovely, 54, of Cuckoo Lane, Ash­ford, pleaded guilty to 14 counts of mak­ing in­de­cent pho­to­graphs of chil­dren when he ap­peared be­fore mag­is­trates last Wed­nes­day.

The court heard that po­lice of­fi­cers ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at his home at 6.30am on April 26 last year, find­ing two lap­top com­put­ers in the liv­ing room.

The com­put­ers were in­ves­ti­gated, and the of­fi­cers took pho­to­graphs of what they found on the screen.

Re­viewed

Anna Kach­ingwe, pros­e­cut­ing, said: “It’s a lengthy list of ex­hibits. The po­lice of­fi­cer says in his state­ment he re­viewed the ex­hibits and graded them in ac­cor­dance with sen­tenc­ing ad­vi­sory panel guide­lines.”

Th­ese guide­lines grade the con­tent of porno­graphic pic­tures of chil­dren in terms of the harm they do to the vic­tims, with level one the least se­ri­ous and level five the most, the court heard.

Two of the images found on Lovely’s com­puter were graded at level five and 24 of them at level four.

Lovely’s so­lic­i­tor said his client had co-op­er­ated fully with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, and had pleaded guilty at the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity.

Mag­is­trates de­cided their sen­tenc­ing pow­ers were not suf­fi­cient to deal with the case, and sent Lovely to crown court to be sen­tenced.

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