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Monday, 22 September 2014

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Teen's Barrow library child abuse image shame

A TEENAGE pervert from Barrow who used a public library to download images of child abuse has been told he faces jail.

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Paul Brian Martindale

Paul Brian Martindale, 19, pleaded guilty to 13 counts of making indecent images of children when he appeared before Furness Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The court heard how Martindale, of Anson Street, Barrow, was caught out after he left a memory card containing indecent images of children under 16 in a public computer in Barrow Library on February 23 last year.

The 13 counts relate to more than 60 images. Some of the files dated back to May 28, 2011 and some of the images were classified as being in the most severe category.

Mr John Appleby, prosecuting, said: “The offence was detected when a memory card was found in a public computer at Barrow Library that had only been used by the defendant that day.

“A 16-year-old boy found that memory card and handed it to library staff and said there were indecent images on it.”

Library staff called police who then tracked Martindale down using library records.

Mr Appleby told the court police searched Martindale’s home where he told them he had more indecent images stored on his mobile phone and MP3 player.

He said Martindale is facing a starting point of at least 26 weeks in jail.

He added: “The way they, or some of them, were downloaded in a public place and detected by a third party, discovered by a youth – these are significant aggravating factors in my view.”

Mr Trystan Roberts, defending, made no representations on Martindale’s behalf.

Magistrates declined jurisdiction of the case.

The case was adjourned until May 16 for sentencing when Martindale is due to appear at Preston Crown Court.

Under his bail conditions Martindale is banned from accessing the internet, banned from Barrow Library and banned from entering Marsh Street, in Barrow.

He is banned from any contact with children under 16 and ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register.

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