Jail warning to Malmesbury man who downloaded child abuse films

A man who downloaded movies and pictures of child abuse has been warned that he will probably be sent to prison

A man who downloaded movies and pictures of child abuse has been warned that he will probably be sent to prison

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A man who admitted downloading movies of child abuse from the internet has been warned to expect a jail term.

Martin Wicks, 52, also had scores of prohibited images of children as well as pictures of bestiality when his computer was examined.

Wicks pleaded guilty to five counts of making and one of possessing indecent images of children when he appeared at Swindon Crown Court on Friday.

Wicks, formerly of Corn Gastons, Malmesbury, also admitted possessing extreme pornography and prohibited images of children.

The court heard he had 451 pictures and movies of child abuse which were downloaded between May 2008 and August last year.

He also had 132 prohibited images of children on the machine when he was arrested on Thursday, August 8.

Paul Grumbar, defending, said though his client had no previous convictions he accepted he was facing a jail term and the court may not need a pre-sentence report.

He said: "He lives in his van, his marriage had broken down, that is how he came to be looking at the computer. He is not a very educated man."

But Recorder Alastair Malcolm QC insisted the sentencing judge would need a report if only to determine the length of sentence.

He said: "I want to make it perfectly plain that the offences that you have pleaded guilty to are such that almost inevitably you will go to custody.

"I have asked for a pre-sentence report because of your previous history.

"The effect of the pre-sentence report may well affect the length of sentence passed on you, and they may have alternative suggestions, but I don't want to raise your hopes it will be anything but custody."

He released Wicks on bail until Friday, April 25, and told him he must co-operate with the probation service in making the report.

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