Oct 2007

Jail for child porn man

A JUDGE said he jailed a Newport man after several indecent images of children were found on his computers as a punishment and deterrent to others tempted to commit the cyber crime.

Judge Roderick Denyer today told Andrew Brant, 39, of Courtybella Terrace, Newport: “You pleaded guilty at an early stage and I am not dealing with a man who possessed hundreds and hundreds of images.

“But some were of a high degree of seriousness. Those images clearly showed children suffering. They suffer because there is this demand which can be satisfied on the Internet.

“The sentence is aimed at punishing you and deterring others. A suspended sentence would send out the wrong message.”

Brant was jailed for eight months at Newport crown court after admitting five charges of making indecent images.

Prosecutor David Webster said that last year, the police were investigating allegations against Brant and seized two computers.

On it they recovered 25 indecent images of children ranging from the least serious level to one short of the most serious level.

When arrested Brant denied having anything to do with the images but later he said he had them “out of curiosity or by accident.”

His counsel Caroline Rees said it began out of curiosity after which Brant visited more than one child pornography site.

She said in the context of such cases the number of images was small.

She added: “He realises what he did was wrong and is remorseful. He is off everything, his wife has left him and he now lives alone.”

He was ordered on release to register as a sex offender for ten years and was banned for life from working with children.