June 2022

Paedophile found with images on his phone of girls as young as four being abused

Indecent images of children as young as four being abused were found on the phone of a convicted sex offender, a court has heard.

In June 2021, South Wales Police officers from the online investigation team based in Bridgend were alerted to a computer linked to an address in Crwys Terrace, Penlan, Swansea – Joshua Neil Bevan’s home address, was being used to download indecent images of children.

Detectives from the department turned up at his address at 7.10am on June 21, where they told him and his mother that they would be carrying out a search on the property.

They examined electronic devices including a Samsung mobile phone found in Bevan’s bedroom. Swansea Crown Court heard the phone was examined by a digital forensic officer who located a secure folder on the device.

It was accessed and multiple indecent videos depicting child abuse and extreme pornography were discovered on the messenger application Kik.

Bevan was arrested and taken to the police station to be interviewed.

He accepted ownership of the phone, but answered no comment regarding the material found on the device.

A further examination was carried out of the advice and it found indecent videos within a chat group on Kik which Bevan was a member of together with eight other members.

Two of the videos were category A – the most serious, one category C, and nine containing extreme pornography. The recordings were of girls as young as four.

Prosecutor Dean Pulling told the court Bevan, aged 29, is a sex offender who was convicted in 2014 for making and possessing indecent photographs of children for which he was sentenced to a community order at the time and a five-year sexual offences prevention order.

He appeared at Swansea Crown Court for sentencing having previously pleaded guilty to two counts of making indecent photographs of a child and possessing an extreme pornographic image portraying an act of intercourse/oral sex with a dead/alive animal.

Sentencing Bevan to eight months in prison, Judge Paul Thomas said: “The physical and emotional damage that occurs to the girls (depicted in the photographs) can only be guessed at.

Those things are happening to young children because people like you provide a market for it so you can masturbate to it. There were also images of people having sex with animals.

“There is no prospect of rehabilitation. You had that chance and didn’t take advantage of it.”