Update: Now lives in Stratford-upon-Avon

August 2007

Child abuse images pervert spared jail

THE ex-boss of a North Wales haulage firm who admitted downloading child abuse images was spared jail yesterday. 

Kevin Malone, who was a director of Anglesey-based Gwynedd Shipping until he resigned in April this year, used his office computer and company credit card to download the material. 

The 47-year-old, of Egerton Street, Chester, was jailed for eight months at Caernarfon Crown Court yesterday but the sentence was suspended for 18 months. 

He must be supervised by the probation service for 18 months and attend any sex offenders’ programme as directed. 

Malone was also ordered to register as a sex offender for 10 years and pay pounds 1,000 prosecution costs. 

He pleaded guilty to 10 offences of downloading indecent photographs and videos during a two-week period. 

The court was told that 378 images were found by police on the computer, and the children involved were aged from two to 15. 

Prosecutor Ian Evans said police searched Malone’s office in Holyhead in February. 

“He denied getting any sexual gratification from the images,” said Mr Evans. “He confirmed he used an evidence elimination programme to clean up his computer.” 

Malone also accepted that he looked at images over a period of six to eight months, although the counts involved just 14 days. 

Defence barrister Brendan Carville said Malone had founded his haulage firm, which employed 130 full-time workers, 20 part time and had 200 sub-contractors. 

“He’s given time and money and resources to young people. It’s ironic he faces the charges he does,” Mr Carville added. 

It was also suggested that a traumatic childhood event may have led to Malone viewing the material. 

Judge Merfyn Hughes QC told Malone: “I accept something unpleasant happened to you when you were a young boy. But I don’t accept that you simply looked at these images out of curiosity. It’s the view of the court there was some sexual motive.” 

He added: “You have made a significant contribution to commerce in North Wales and also as a result of your voluntary activities.”