RAF crewman had indecent pic

News from the courts.
News from the courts.

A north Northumberland man has admitted making an indecent photograph of a child.

John Kelsey, 32, from RAF Boulmer, pleaded guilty to the offence, dating back to March 2017, when he appeared at Berwick Magistrates’ Court.

Prosecutor Omara Ahmed told magistrates that the Category C offence came to light when the defendant’s mobile phone was seized by police during a search of his home when they were investigating another matter, which had since been dropped.

The court heard the defendant had been in a relationship with a 16-year-old girl but the indecent image was of her as a 14 or 15-year-old.

In mitigation, Ian O’Rourke said: “It’s an unusual offence in many ways. It’s an offence of possession of an indecent image of a child under 18 so even if the image she sent to him had been taken when she was 16 or 17 he would still have committed an offence.

“I don’t think many members of the public are aware of that.

“It’s a situation where someone can have a sexual relationship with someone and not have a sexual image of them.”

The case was adjourned by magistrates until May 10 for pre-sentence reports to be prepared.

○ A man who failed to provide a specimen to police has been jailed.

Craig Robert Lucas, 28, of Rosley, Ogle, pleaded guilty to being suspected of driving a vehicle and then failing to give blood when required to do so.

The April 23 offence occurred while Lucas was subject to a 12-week prison sentence which had been suspended for a year for not giving a sample in February this year.

Magistrates at Bedlington gave him a four-week prison sentence for his latest offence, but because of his previous conviction, the overall length of the sentence will last 16 weeks. He also has to pay £200 in costs and has been banned from driving for 38 months.