May 2019

Twitter ‘monster’ tried to stream video of a toddler being abused to hundreds of followers

A Twitter user accused of swapping child sexual abuse images had distributed it to hundreds of “followers,” a court heard when he was jailed for 32 months.

Daniel Hall, 46, who described himself as a “monster,” had advised a novice Twitter user about how to avoid detection in the exchange of indecent images, Caernarfon Crown Court was told.

The judge, Recorder Simon Mills, said Hall led a “double life.”

At one stage he had tried to stream a 15-minute “utterly sadistic and horrific” film depicting a toddler to a large TV.

“At one point your contact says to you ‘the thing is most seem to enjoy it so much, can’t see what all the fuss is about’. You responded, ’I agree.’ That shows the depth to which your mindset had sunk,” the judge declared.

Recorder Mills said Twitter had been vigilant and reported Hall to international authorities. But he then turned to KiK to carry on his activities.

Prosecuting counsel Simon Mintz said police found 1,212 in the worst category of seriousness among a collection of more than 4,000 images.

Hall worked at the time for a firm on St Asaph business park and lived at Llys Gwilym, Colwyn Bay .

He admitted seven charges of making and distributing images and encouraging or helping another to obtain them.

Mr Mintz said Hall told police it felt like an addiction. “He said it was the worst addiction you can have because you can’t disclose it to anyone,” the barrister added.

Hall now had no contact with his former partner. The judge said it would have been an awful moment when she discovered, from police, his double life.

Recorder Mills imposed a sexual harm prevention order and Hall must register as a sex offender.

“This is a particularly serious case,” the judge said.

Hall had collected the images over two-and-a-half years according to the charges.

“You were part of a network of like-minded individuals,” Recorder Mills added.