Rain

Rain

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 13°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Ipswich: 61-year-old convicted paedophile has jail term for downloading 600 indecent images of children suspended on appeal

16:00 24 June 2014

Peter Ashton, who was jailed for child pornography but released on appeal

Peter Ashton, who was jailed for child pornography but released on appeal

Archant

A 61-year-old man has successfully appealed against a jail sentence he was given for downloading 600 indecent images of children.

shares

Peter Ashton, of Pearson Road, Ipswich, was given an immediate custodial term of 32 weeks’ imprisonment by Ipswich magistrates in May.

The court had heard he had previously been convicted of two counts of indecently assaulting a female and a charge of gross indecency with a child in 2000.

However, an appeal against his latest sentence at Ipswich Crown Court before Recorder Guy Akers ended with Ashton’s sentence being suspended for two years.

As part of his sentence Ashton is subject to a two-year supervision order and must undertake the Thames Valley Sex Offenders’ Treatment Programme.

On May 2 Ashton pleaded guilty to making indecent photographs a child, and a further count of possessing a prohibited image of a child, when he appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates Court.

At his sentencing three weeks later the court heard Ashton had previously served a 30-month jail term following a conviction at Ipswich Crown Court on April 19, 2000, for the indecent assaults and gross indecency.

Prosecutor Colette Harper told magistrates Ashton was on the sex offenders’ register when he committed his latest set of offences.

A public protection officer visited his home on September 19 last year.

A laptop was found and when the history was searched the computer was discovered to have contained a number of images of children.

Mrs Harper said 588 images were found at Level One, 12 images at Level Three and two images at Level Four – the second highest grading for indecent images of children.

In addition 208 cartoon images showing children being abused were also found.

John Hughes, representing Ashton, asked magistrates to spare him a term of immediate imprisonment.

Mr Hughes said a pre-sentence report suggested Ashton should be able to go on a Thames Valley Sex Offenders Programme to address his offending.

The court was told it would be difficult to undertake this work in prison. The course takes three years.

However, after retiring to deliberate their sentence at length, the magistrates returned to court to tell Ashton his offences were so serious custody was the only option.

He was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison for each of the charges to run consecutively.

Ashton was also made subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for 10 years

shares

1 comment

  • The only thing this sicko should face is the end of a rope.

    Report this comment

    marlyn

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Heavy winds and rain hit Felixstowes seafront.

The Environment Agency has issued a series of flood alerts for the Suffolk and Essex coastline ahead of tonight’s high tide.

Will Pooley. Photo PA

Suffolk Ebola survivor Will Pooley is repaying his debt of gratitude by working for the London hospital that saved his life.

Police are dealing with instances of flooding on the county's roads today

Flooding is causing misery on the county’s roads today, with the A143 blocked and the A14 at Bury St Edmunds having to be temporarily closed.

Police are investigating

Further instances of vehicle crime were felt in Kesgrave on Sunday night after a car window was smashed, prompting a social media appeal for those with information to come forward.

B-17 Sally B at the Clacton Air Show. Picture: Simon Parker

Organisers of the Clacton Airshow have hit back at claims a plane’s smoke display was in “bad taste” after the Shoreham crash.

Bury Magistrates' Court

If the Ministry of Justice has its way, Suffolk will end up with only one magistrates’ court, based in Ipswich.

Felixstowe seafront.

Changes are being made to rubbish collection services in Felixstowe after seafront bins were left unemptied and overflowing.

South East Suffolk Magistrates Court

A woman attempted to steal goods worth £18 from an Ipswich store because staff allegedly mocked her when she got stuck in the lift, a court heard.

Homes have been refused on land at the Haven Exchange site in Felixstowe.

Proposals for 61 homes near the Port of Felixstowe have been refused by an independent inspector because it would mean the “unjustified loss” of employment land.

Police were at the scene

A classic car has hit the central reservation on the A14, causing delays on the westbound carriageway.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages