May 2011

Paedophile jailed for 12 months

A 33-year-old man from Jersey has been jailed for 12 months for making indecent images of children.

Karl Andrew Peter Cardy was sentenced at the Royal Court after pleading guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children and downloading 62 images and four video files.

Images are graded on a scale of one to five, with five being the most serious. 18 images downloaded by Cardy were level four.

He was first arrested in June last year after his ex-partner handed a CD to the Police, which she believed contained indecent images of children, and which she said belonged to Cardy.

One computer and two laptops were subsequently seized from his home, on which the images were found.

Cardy told Police he had an interest in children, although not of a sexual nature. Crown Advocate Conrad Yates, however, stressed that curiosity was not an excuse for downloading indecent images of children, and that doing so fuelled the continued abuse of children.

The judge, Deputy Bailiff William Bailhache said at sentencing that the seriousness of the images meant the children involved would be gravely affected.

He said: “At level four or five, the lives of those children who’ve been subjected to such conduct will have been blighted for their entire lifetime.”

Cardy will remain on the sex offenders’ register for at least five years.