Prison for porn man
A PERVERTED plumber who was caught by police with more than 2,000 pornographic images of children and animals has been jailed by a city judge.
Shamed Daniel Gilbert (29) of John Bird Walk, Farcet, Peterborough, was jailed for 12 months at Peterborough Crown Court yesterday after pleading guilty to two counts of making indecent images of children, two counts of possession of indecent images of children and four counts of possession of extreme pornographic images at a previous hearing.
The images related to teenage girls aged under 16, as well as animals including dogs, cows, horses and a mackerel.
Judge Neil McKittrick said the self-employed plumber was “perverted in his attitude to human life, animal life and normal sexual attitudes.”
Craig McDougall, prosecuting, told the court that Gilbert admitted viewing such images for five years before detectives started monitoring his internet use in November 2008.
In June last year, a warrant was executed at his house. Gilbert directed officers to his lap-top. Mr McDougall said: “He said that he had no other involvement with children and had never approached them.”
The court heard he had 1,399 extreme pornographic images - of animals and humans. He also had 732 photographs and movies of children at level one on the copine scale , 16 at level two, 43 at level three and 97 at level four - the second highest level.
Defending, John Kirkpatrick told the court that Gilbert had undertaken counselling, adding: “He did not recognise he was harming children. “He is motivated to do what ever is necessary to make sure he does not look at these images again.”
Sentencing, Judge McKittrick told Gilbert: “It does not matter where the abuse took place. All it means is that somewhere in the world children are being maltreated, humiliated and abused to give gratification to people like you.
“I view this as a bad case of its type.”
As well as being jailed, Gilbert was ordered to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years and was banned from having unsupervised contact with children for an indefinite period. The computer was ordered to be destroyed.