Philip Matthews – Newquay | UK & Ireland database
29 Saturday Aug 2015
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A MAN from Newquay who used his computer to download vile abuse images showing children as young as two being cruelly exploited has been given a suspended sentence.
Philip Matthews, 40, of Fraser Road, told police he look at the indecent images as a form of escapism, Truro Crown Court heard on Tuesday.
Michael Brown, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said police executed a search warrant at Matthews home on July 4, last year, after receiving intelligence about him from the National Crime Agency.
Mr Brown said the officers seized a number of electronic devices including an Apple laptop
They also took a quantity of CDs and DVDs.
It appears that the defendant was burning indecent movies and images on to those for storage purposes, said Mr Brown.
He added that examination of the devices led to investigators discovering hundreds of images and movies depicting the abuse of children aged from two to 12 years old.
The material ranged from category A to C on the scale used by police to categorise such material with A being the most serious.
In interview Matthews admitted that the images were his and described them as escapism and fantasy.
At an earlier hearing, Matthews, of Fraser Road, pleaded guilty to ten counts of making indecent images and one of being in possession of indecent images on dates between February 2007 and July 2014.
The court heard Matthews had been cautioned for a similar offence in 2001.
Barry Hilliard, for the defence, said Matthews had been suffering from depression and anxiety but added that he had confessed at the first opportunity that he had.
Sentencing, the judge, Recorder Ed Burgess said the material found on Matthews computer was extreme and unutterable .
He said it provided and audience for those who so cruelly exploit children for such wicked purposes .
Matthews was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment suspended for two years and ordered to be under the supervision of the probation service and take part in the internet sex offenders programme.
He was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order and told to sign the sex offenders register.