5th Dec, 2016

Coventry pedophile jailed

Coventry Editorial 18th Dec, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A DEPRAVED man who had indecent images which included pictures of young girls being raped has been told that no society can stand by and watch children being exploited in such a despicable way.

But despite the disgusting nature of the images found by the police on Mark Gillings’ computer and mobile phones, he has escaped being jailed.

Following mistakes in the way the case had been dealt with at Coventry magistrates court, a judge at Warwick Crown Court had to sit as a district judge for new charges to be put.

Gillings then pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent images of children by downloading them onto his computer and one of distributing an indecent image of a child.

He also pleaded guilty to three charges of possessing still indecent images of children on his mobile phones and one of possessing an indecent movie.

In addition, Gillings admitted possessing prohibited computer-generated images (CGIs) of children, possessing extreme pornography showing adults in sex acts with animals.

Gillings (29) of Ribble Road, Coventry, was sentenced to eight months in prison suspended for 18 months, with supervision, and was ordered to do 60 hours of unpaid work and to register as a sex offender for ten years.

Prosecutor Talbir Singh said the police executed a warrant at Gillings’ home after it had come to the intention of the authorities that he had been receiving indecent images.

Officers seized his computer and two mobile phones, on which they found a total of 125 still images and one movie classed as being in category A – the most serious.

There were 61 category B images while a further 200 images on his computer and 159 on his phones were in category C, which covers children portrayed in naked or indecent poses.

Of the most serious category A images, Mr Singh said they included the rape of young girls and 48 prohibited CGI images.

There were also ten images of extreme pornography showing adults taking part in sex acts with animals.

When he was interviewed following his arrest, Gillings admitted he had viewed such material on his computer and phones, but had deleted them afterwards.

Sentencing Gillings, Judge Richard Griffith-Jones told him: “I hope you’re ashamed of yourself.  This is not a crime of what goes on in your own head, where you’re entitled to your own privacy.

“You have downloaded photographs, which provides a hideous market for individuals who abuse children.

“These are real children.  No society can stand by and let its children be exploited in that despicable way.

“It is so serious that only a custodial sentence can be justified; but you’re a man of effective good character, and you pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.”