February 2020

Paedophile trembles in dock as judge sends him to prison over sick baby images

A paedophile trembled in the dock as he was sentenced for possessing sick child abuse images.

Steven Bellamy was visibly shaking as he was jailed for two years and four months at Derby Crown Court. 

As he was taken down to the cells, he mouthed “I am sorry, I love you” to family members who were supporting him in the public gallery.

The 29-year-old, of Humber Street, Hilton, was jailed after he was caught viewing, possessing and sharing horrific child abuse images.

He even paid a Filipino woman to pose with young children as she carried out sex acts for his pleasure over a web cam.

Outlining the case against him, prosecutor Leanne Summers said police were sent to his address amid concerns he was paying cash to view child abuse videos and images.

She said they arrested him and that he admitted to what he had been doing for the past two-and-a-half years.

Miss Summers said Bellamy told them he had got into debt by paying “a large amount of money” to the Philippines to view a webcam model, admitting he paid her extra if there were children in the shot.

She said devices were seized and a total of 255 child abuse images or videos were found, of which 55 were category A – the most serious.

Miss Summers said: “A significant amount were of babies and there was also evidence he had distributed images.

“He used a false name to send a link to a dropbox file entitled ‘Baby’ over Snapchat which had 42 images of a child aged under one.

“The recipient viewed them and replied asking if he had any more.”

Bellamy pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing indecent images and three of distributing them.

As well as the jail term he was handed a 10-year sexual harm prevention order and was placed on the sex offender’s register, also for 10 years.

Judge Warburton said to his barrister, Stuart Newsam: “There were children present when he was watching the (Filipino) female perform sex acts on the webcam and he paid more for that.

Mr Newsam replied: “Yes, to a large part there was almost relief when he was interviewed by the police.

“His offending spiralled due to debt, depression and degradation.

“He is in stable accommodation with a supportive partner, mother and father who all know about his offending and are in court for him today.

“He told his employer what he had done which led to an immediate request for his resignation which he provided.”

In sentencing Bellamy, the judge told him: “People who like, keep and share images of this kind of sexual nature create a market for others to abuse children.

“You did this for two-and-a-half years using a web cam to view indecent images of children and even paying extra for that.

“Some of the images show children being restrained as they are sexually abused.

“That causes me serious concern. This goes way beyond the normal run-of-the-mill possession of indecent images.”