October 2018

Horrified smart meter installer discovered indecent images of children FRAMED on customer’s wall

A smart meter installer was left “horrified” after he discovered a customer had four framed indecent pictures of naked children on his bedroom wall.

He had gone upstairs in Phillip Gilbert’s home to the toilet and by chance glanced through an open bedroom door and spotted the images.

A court heard that Gilbert, a grandfather, had printed them out after downloading them along with more than 2,000 other indecent images of children being abused.

The meter installer told his boss and the police and an officer went to Gilbert’s home in Knutsford, Cheshire.

Chris Taylor, prosecuting, said: “After arresting him and asking if he had any other material he responded ‘come on then, I’ll show you, so you don’t make a mess’.”

Gilbert, a retired plumber, from Knutsford, led them to a front bedroom and from the bottom drawer of a chest and a cavity within a wardrobe he produced a number of folders which contained indecent photographs of children and a laptop.

“He told them, ‘I know it’s getting out of control. When you live on your own you need someone to give you a kick up the arse’.

I’ve been telling myself for years, I’ve got kids and grandkids, just get rid but I never did. If my son and daughter ever find out I don’t know what I’ll do”

A full analysis of his computer, a SD card and the folders revealed he had 2,015 indecent images of children; including girls ranging in age from six to 14 and boys aged 12 to 14 years. The majority were in the lowest category of seriousness. Gilbert had used various incriminating search terms when browsing the web for such images, said Mr Taylor.

“Seven sickening images of bestiality were also found,” said Mr Taylor.

Gilbert, of Lowe Drive, pleaded guilty at Liverpool Crown Court to five offences involving downloading and possessing the indecent images.

Sentencing him to a three year community order Judge Stephen Everett said Gilbert had had more than 2,000 indecent images of children “and we will never know what happened to those children.”

“You and people like you encourage this behaviour. They may have been disposed of by these terrible people to stop them talking. Potentially the last moments of life was that sexual abuse and then their lives ended. You will never know.”

The judge told him he was making a community order as there was a genuine prospect of his rehabilitation and he will be under supervision for three years. He imposed a five year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and ordered him to sign the Sex Offenders Register for the same period of time.