Man jailed for indecent images - Dunstable

14/11/2014

A man caught with more than 1,300 images of child sex abuse on his computer was jailed on Friday, 14 November 2014, for 18 months.

Philip Dimmock, aged 54, was told by a Judge that because he was still hiding his perversion immediate custody was the only sentence available to the court.

Judge David Farrell QC said: "In the case of those who admit their guilt and seek help, the court can make some form of community order coupled with rehabilitation to ensure this behaviour is not repeated. But you deny it so there is no alternative to immediate custody."

Dimmock, of Northfields, Dunstable was convicted by a jury at Luton Crown Court last month of 17 charges of making indecent images of children.

The jury had heard how police raided his home in September 2012 and seized his computer. They found a total of 1,354 sexual images of children on it, with sophicticated software that he had used to try and cover his tracks.

The majority of the images were in the lowest category of seriousness, but some were at a higher level including one of a baby and another of a child aged 5-7. He claimed he used the computer to view adult pornography, but had not sought out pictures of children.

Judge Farrell told him: "You have to realise that children are actually abused to produce material for your perverse sexual gratification. They are appalling images."

Natalie Gough, defending said: "This case has completely traumatised him. He is not in the best of health and is a vulnerable person who will not receive the support he needs in prison. He still maintains his denial. He was very respected in his local community and feels he has let his family down."

The Judge also made a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) for ten years, and Dimmock will have to register as a sex offender also for ten years.

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