Paedophile caught with baby rape film spared prison term

Luke Marriott had vile child abuse images of very young girls

Luke Marriott admitted his disgusting crimes(Image: Derby Telegraph)

A young Derbyshire paedophile who got sexual pleasure from watching a film of a six-month-old baby being raped has been spared immediate custody.

Perverted Luke Marriott was also watching sick child abuse images showing toddlers aged two-to-three years old.

More images and movies the 21-year-old downloaded involved boys aged between 10 and 12 being abused by adults.

And he was also looking at disgusting videos showing women having sex with horses and dogs.

Marriott, of Ripley, kept the images in a Dropbox account on the internet which, when he was asked about them by the police, admitted he was keeping them to share if anyone else wanted to see them.

‘Graphic and disturbing’
Sentencing him to 20 months in jail, suspended for two years, Judge Robert Egbuna said: “The images were graphic and disturbing with young children being abused in various sexual position.

“One of them was a baby who was just six months old and it is abundantly clear that child must have suffered significant pain.

At his original hearing before Christmas, prosecutor Christopher Eckersley said the offences date back to 2015 and have taken this long to come to court as the Dropbox account Marriott used was held by a Californian firm and it has taken this amount of time for the American authorities to provide Derbyshire police with a report.

He said the National Crime Agency alerted the police that the Dropbox account containing indecent images was linked to his email address.

They went to his home address in Nottingham Road, seized his devices and arrested him.

Sharing the images
Mr Eckersley said: “Significantly, he told police that he kept the images just in case anyone he was talking to on the internet asked him for them.

“129 indecent images and movies were discovered which included 81 of (the most serious) category A.”

Mr Eckersley outlined some of the films and images that were found.

He said they included a 54-second long movie of a six-month-old baby being raped.

Mr Eckersley said while under investigation for these offences, police seized Marriott’s mobile phone in July of 2018 and it again contained four further vile child abuse images of category C which is the least serious.

He pleaded guilty to four counts of making indecent images and has a previous conviction for the same offence dating back to 2014, when he was 15.

What was said for Marriott?
Marriott’s sentencing at Derby Crown Court had been adjourned so that psychiatric tests could be done on him.

They concluded he was “not dangerous” but the probation service prepared a different report which concluded he was “a high risk of harm to female children and posed a high risk of re-offending”.

Joe Harvey, mitigating, said: “Mr Marriott is a young man who had various difficulties during his formative years.

“I have no intention of airing his dirty laundry in public but his history has clearly had an impact on his social development.

“Something needs to be done to manage his risk, whether it is high or medium.

“He has a supportive family who have put an action plan in place.”

As part of the suspended sentence, Judge Egbuna attached a two-year community order which will see Marriott supervised by the probation service.

He must attend a 90-day sex offender group work programme and attend 60 rehabilitation days to address his offending.

Marriott was also handed a 10-year sexual harm prevention order and placed on the sex offenders register, also for 10 years.

With many thanks to: Derbyshire Live and Martin Naylor for the original story 

Lawyer Micheal Pulsford, 68: Who Defended Pedophiles Found Guilty of Raping Children

A lawyer who represented defendants accused of sexual offences has himself been jailed for molesting children.

Michael Pulsford, 68, abused three boys and three girls while he was a Christian youth group leader between 1974 and 1989.

The victims, who were aged between 12 and 15, were abused in Wiltshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Pulsford admitted 16 counts of indecent assault. He was sentenced to eight years and eight months in prison.

Southampton Crown Court heard Pulsford groomed children while he was viewed as a “pillar of the community” during summer camps, at his home and in his office.

His victims described Pulsford, of Corsham in Wiltshire, as “an evil manipulator” who had taken their “childhood innocence” by “abusing his position of trust”.

One complainant came forward in 2011 but Pulsford denied the allegations and no further action was taken.

‘Appalled at cases’

But police reopened the investigation in 2017 when another victim reported Pulsford for indecent assault.

A man told the court that coverage of the Jimmy Savile scandal prompted him to recall his own experiences of Pulsford, who had qualified as a solicitor-advocate and represented clients in criminal proceedings.

“I remember googling Mike Pulsford and being appalled at the number of child abuse cases he had defended,” the man said.

He said he told police about being molested when asked if he had witnessed any abuse against another victim at a Christian camp in the 1970s.

Two more women came forward with allegations of indecent assault after media coverage of the case began, the court was told.

In mitigation, defence barrister Michael Phillips said the incidents of abuse were “extremely unpleasant, but not as unpleasant as they could have been”.

He added: “He has accepted the title of being a paedophile, which is a rarity in these kinds of cases… hopefully it shows there is remorse.”

Judge Peter Henry said the youth group Pulsford led had the aim of “instilling Christian values”, but he had only been “pretending” to have those values.

“Throughout this period you were in a position of considerable power, influence and trust,” the judge said.

“What you did in this period amounts to a gross abuse of this trust.”

With many thanks to: Humans Are Free for the original story 

Scappaticci avoids jail after pleading guilty to extreme porn charges

Freddie Scappaticci admitted possessing 329 images

A man widely named as the IRA informer Stakeknife has avoided prison after admitting two counts of possessing extreme pornography.

Freddie Scappaticci appeared before Westminster Magistrates’ Court in central London to admit the charges, which related to at least 329 images, some of them involving animals.

The 72-year-old wore a blue fleece and green tracksuit bottoms to the hearing.

Chief magistrate Emma Arbuthnot sentenced him to three months’ custody, suspended for a year.

“You have not been before the court for 50 years – and that’s good character in my book,” she told him.

“I can see you are not a well man at all – you have very serious health issues – and that you live a lonely life.”

Scappaticci has always denied claims that he is Stakeknife, a high-ranking military mole who reputedly led the IRA’s ‘nutting squad’.

The group was an internal security unit that interrogated and murdered suspected spies during the Troubles.

He was arrested by police in January over offences including murder and abduction but later released on bail.

The court heard Scappaticci told officers he was not sexually interested in animals, and preferred women with big breasts.

The alleged double agent also claimed he was “not doing anyone any real harm” and said he had depression.

Scappaticci used his laptop to search for a number of areas of interest including “cars, the British Army, maps, combat, football and politics”.

He also, however, searched for pornography.

He conducted a number of searches on a total of 13 different days between November 2015 and January 2018.

Scappaticci was ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

The defendant was convicted after material was seized as part of Operation Kenova.

Bedfordshire Police Chief Constable Jon Boutcher, who led the investigation, said the conviction came about as a result of “material recovered during a search conducted by the Kenova team”.

“This result is an indication that wherever criminal behaviour is identified during my investigation, evidence will be presented for the purposes of prosecution,” Chief Constable Boutcher added.

“Operation Kenova continues to recover evidence in relation to our core terms of reference and, as and when it is appropriate to speak further, I will do so.

“I would encourage anyone who might be able to assist with this important inquiry to please contact my team via the details on the Kenova website, or by calling Crimestoppers.”

With many thanks to the: Belfast Telegraph and Ryan Hooper for original story 


Convicted sex offender pleads guilty to further changes

Gavin Cuthbert

A convicted sex offender serving a nine-year sentence was back in court where he admitted a further litany of offences against more young boys.

Gavin Cuthbert was jailed along with brother Mark last February for the “utterly squalid” targeting and sexually abuse of young males in east Belfast in the 1990s.

The 49-year old, whose address was given as HMP Maghaberry, was back in court, where he pleaded guilty to additional sex offences against two further victims, while in August he admitted abusing a third child.

Appearing in the dock using a crutch, Cuthbert spoke firstly to confirm his name, then to enter ‘guilty’ pleas to over 30 offences.

Regarding one victim, Cuthbert admitted two charges committed between February 2014 and August 2015 – namely for the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification, caused a child to look at an image of people engaging in sexual activity; and also inciting the same child to engage in sexual activity.

Cuthbert also admitted over 30 offences he committed against another male child over a period spanning from May 1997 to May 1998. He pleaded guilty to multiple charges of buggery with a boy, indecent assault and gross indecency.

In August, Cuthbert was arraigned on charges against another male victim when he appeared at Belfast Crown Court. On that occasion, he admitted four charges of causing a child to engage in sexual activity on dates between April 2014 and April 2018.

Following the pleas in August, an additional four charges he faced were ‘left on the book’ and will not be proceeded with by the Crown.

Cuthbert will now face sentencing for sexual offences committed against all three boys, and the case is due to be mentioned next week when it is anticipated a date for sentencing will be set.

Judge David McFarland said that in the meantime, the Crown should be seeking Victim Impact Statements from those abused by Cuthbert.

After Cuthbert entered his pleas, he was remanded back into custody.

With many thanks to: The Irish News for the original story 

Prince Andrew’s North of Ireland event attendance would ‘change the narrative,’ say organisers

Prince Andrew

An invitation to scandal-hit Prince Andrew to officiate at a ceremony in Northern Ireland has been withdrawn, it has been reported.

Sky News reported that organisers withdrew an invitation to the Duke of York to the ceremony at Portrush train station, which has undergone a £5m upgrade.

The Duke has been embroiled in controversy over claims he forced a woman to have sex with him when she was 17-years-old. He denies the claims. The alleged abuse was facilitated by his late friend, the disgraced paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein, who took his own life in jail.

One of the organisers of the Portrush event expressed concerns to Sky News that the Duke’s presence would “change the narrative” surrounding their event.

However, it is believed his invite to the annual Duke Of York Young Champions Trophy at Royal Portrush Golf Club, where he is patron and where The Open was recently staged, still stands. The competition is for boys and girls under the age of 18. A palace spokesperson said Andrew will “host the tournament dinner, attend the tournament and present prizes”.

“The Duke of York has a full programme in Northern Ireland as founder of The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy. HRH will undertake a number of engagements related to the tournament, at which there will be 66 sportsmen and women from 35 countries.

With many thanks to the: Belfast Telegraph for the original story 

Child murderer Jon Venables days from freedom – and being ‘sent away to Canada’ at British taxpayers expense


Top-level sources insist plans for a permanent move abroadmost likely Canada – are ‘in motion’

Venables, now 34, was granted lifetime anonymity worldwide after being found guilty of the 1993 murder of toddler James

Child killer Jon Venables is days away from being released as officials prepare to ship him abroad for good.

Top-level sources insist plans for a permanent move to another country –most likely Canada – are “in motion”.

The Daily Star Sunday has learned the James Bulger killer is being kept in a private wing in prison ahead of the move.

James Bulger killer is being kept in a private wing in prison ahead of the move

Last month we revealed how the authorities believe paying for Venables to go to a country like Canada, Australia or New Zealand would be cheaper than funding more failed new starts in the UK.

Insiders say his move is imminent, adding: “He is currently being kept quietly away from the general lot of prisoners.

‘He’ll kill again’ James Bulger’s murderer ‘set to be released from prison’
“There are a handful of people who know who he really is and where he is. It’s costing a fortune.

“The security around Venables is tight, and the thinking is he will be shipped out, probably early, from the prison when no-one is expecting it, and sent abroad.

James Bulger, age two, who was abducted and murdered by 10 year old boys Jon Venables and Robert Thompson on a railway line at Bootle on February 14th 1993

“It’ll be a highly organised event, and probably done in the middle of the night or very early morning.”

Venables, now 34, was granted lifelong anonymity worldwide after being found guilty of the 1993 murder of toddler James

Venables and pal Robert Thompson – both 10 at the time – snatched the two-year-old from his mum in a Liverpool shopping centre then tortured and battered him to death on a railway line.

Since walking free in 2001 he has been “outed” numerous times – even by himself – with each one leading to another costly new identity.

Venables and pal Robert Thompson – both 10 at the time – snatched the two-year-old from his mum in a Liverpool shopping centre then tortured and battered him to death (Image: PA)

He was jailed again in 2010 and 2017 on child porn charges.

And this year he beat a court bid by James’ father Ralph, 52, to overturn the order, costing taxpayers £65,000. Last week, Ralph publicly warned that Venables would soon be eligible for parole and free to roam UK streets, hidden behind the mask of yet another new identity.

A source said: “Despite the murder taking place decades ago, Venables is as notorious now as he has ever been.

He was jailed again in 2010 and 2017 on child porn charges

“And his picture, although supposed to be private, has been circulated, albeit illegally, a number of times. People who shared it have been prosecuted, but it has still made its way around and there is only so much someone can change.

“He cannot stay here. There aren’t many options.”

The Ministry of Justice has refused to speak at all about Venables’ case, and would not comment on our story.

Last month we revealed how the authorities believe paying for Venables to go to a country like Canada, Australia or New Zealand (Image: GETTY)

But officers in witness protection in the past have told how those being relocated “get a say” in where they will end up.

And they tell how prisoners who are seen to have a “high level of threat” against them are sometimes sent to start a new life abroad.

With many thanks to the: Daily Star Sunday and Felicity Cross for the EXCLUSIVE original story