August 2023

Former taekwondo instructor found with child abuse images stored at his Tweedmouth home avoids jail

A Berwick man who was found with a number of child abuse images stored on his electronic devices has kept his freedom.

Ross Gill, a former taekwondo instructor, said his habit “spiralled” in lockdown after his illegal activity eventually led police to raiding his home address in October 2022.

The 22-year-old, of Union Park Road, Tweedmouth, was sentenced to six months in prison – suspended for two years – at Newcastle Crown Court.

Emma Hughes, prosecuting, told the court that officers acted upon intelligence and seized a computer tower, a Samsung phone, and an Acer laptop from the property.

He denied having a sexual interest in youngsters, but later admitted three counts of making indecent photographs of children.

The court heard he accessed the images between the end of February 2021 and the end of March 2021.

Judge Robert Adams acknowledged that Gill used to be an instructor in taekwondo, but was no longer able to participate due to the conviction.

As well as the suspended prison sentence, he was also made subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and must sign the sex offenders’ register – both for seven years.