Rhyl man jailed over indecent images of children

Published date: 10 February 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A CHILD abuse probe Operation Viking which began in Scotland after indecent images were discovered on a phone by a mum led to the arrest of a 25-year-old North Wales man, a court heard.

Magistrates at Llandudno were told Damien Andrews, of River Street, Rhyl,
unemployed, had been sent three child porn images by a woman which he viewed twice before seemingly deleting them. Police inquiries led to them visiting his home and they recovered the images after being given his BlackBerry phone.

Defence solicitor Roger Thomas said:  “He made a stupid mistake.”

Andrews, who admitted making the images, was jailed for 26 weeks. A sexual offences prevention order was also imposed to ensure he keeps his internet history.

Court chairwoman Vivienne Lomas told him : “We have to look at the fact you did have a grade four image in your telephone and that was a child under 13. Grade four is just below the highest level of seriousness.”

Mr Thomas said Andrews had no previous convictions and was “genuinely remorseful” about what happened.

Prosecutor Rhian Jackson said Andrews told police he had used BlackBerry Messenger to communicate with a friend and she sent him a picture of a girl aged about seven. He viewed three images.

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