Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Paedophile jailed over child porn

Jobless paedophile James Howell was jailed for four years at Southwark Crown Court

A jobless paedophile who downloaded and distributed what is thought to be the largest ever haul of child pornography involving babies being tortured has been jailed for four and a half years.

James Howell, 34, downloaded more than 27,000 illegal images and videos, including some 6,500 showing babies and children under two suffering serious sexual abuse at the hands of adults.

Judge Geoffrey Rivlin QC said the images showed what many people would describe as "children being tortured by the crimes that are being committed against them".

Howell was also ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life when he was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court in central London.

The Honorary Recorder of Westminster told Howell that prosecutors described the haul as "a massive selection of child abuse images" which was "utterly shocking and depraved".

"They describe children being tied down. They describe children in a state of terror. They describe children, many people would say, being tortured by the crimes that are being committed against them.

"This is therefore a very exceptional, and a very terrible, case of its kind.

"Even a very few of these details would strike the ordinary person with horror, but taken as a whole they create a truly disturbing picture."

He added that the scale of the offending, its persistence and "the horror of these images" all pushed the case outside the normal guidelines for distributing child pornography.

The judge went on: "I agree that you need help. But young children also need help and they are entitled to be protected from this sort of thing."

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