Man had 1,800 abuse images on computers

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A RUGBY man has admitted having 1,800 images of child abuse on his computers.

Matthew Holland appeared before the crown court at Warwickshire Justice Centre in Leamington after he had pleaded guilty to 15 charges of making indecent images of children.

Holland, 39, of Cambridge Street, Rugby, also admitted possessing a total of 1,803 indecent images of children.

Prosecutor Stefan Kolodynski said that according to the charge, the majority of the images - 1,337 - were classed as level three.

This places them in the middle of a five-point scale of seriousness.

Of the others, five were at level four, showing sexual activity between adults and children, and 34 were level five, the most serious.

But Mr Kolodynski said he had looked at the individual figures for images recovered from computer equipment seized by the police, which included a computer tower with two hard drives, a further hard drive and a laptop.

He said he had concentrated particularly on a computer found in the living room of the house where Holland lived at the time with his wife and children.

“I have calculated 772 images at level four and 41 at level five,” Mr Kolodynski told the judge.

And he pointed out that sentencing guidelines say that aggravating features in such cases are the number and the type of images – with large numbers of the most serious levels attracting more substantial sentences.

He said he could not explain the discrepancy between the numbers he had arrived at and those in the charge, and asked for the case to be adjourned to establish the correct figures.

Matthew Brook, defending, agreed that should be done.”

Recorder Stuart Rafferty adjourned the case for the issue over the pictures to be resolved, and Holland was granted bail with a condition that he does not have unsupervised contact with any child under 16.

Recorder Rafferty told Holland: “It is important for the court to know what quantity of material you have been viewing in which category, because that may have an influence on the sentence imposed.”