September 2019

Paedophile superimposed himself onto images of men sexually abusing children

A paedophile who superimposed his own head on images of men sexually abusing children because they ‘aroused’ him has been jailed.

Charles Lwanga, 47, told police officers who showed up at his home with a search warrant, ‘I have been expecting you’.

He immediately handed over his iPad as police began to search his flat, in Howardgate, Welwyn Garden City on October 20, last year, heard a court. When the iPad was examined, tens of thousands of indecent images were discovered, with 428 of them being Category A – the most serious level.

The prosecution said: ‘In eight of the images he had superimposed his face on adult male abusers. ‘In interview he accepted he manipulated the images so he appeared in them. He said he found them arousing.’

Lwanga was sentenced at St Albans Crown Court to 26 months in jail. He had pleaded guilty to three counts of making (downloading) indecent images of children, one of possessing extreme pornography and one of possessing prohibited images of children.

Jailing him, Judge Philip Grey said Lwanga had actively created a ‘library of depraved material’ and the manipulated images were ‘sinister’.

He added that real children had been forced to endure the greatest degradation. The judge told him: ‘You chose to download a vast quantity of this material for your own sexual gratification.’

Another 806 downloaded images were at Category B and 13,737 images and seven videos were at the least serious level, Category C, heard the court.

The prosecution said six pictures were of extreme pornography and 141 were prohibited images. Laura Miller, defending, said the defendant had made immediate admissions to the police saying: ‘I am guilty. I am guilty.’

She said he made no excuses for his behaviour but, at the time his alcohol consumption was very high. ‘He is ashamed and embarrassed.

He is very remorseful. Since the intervention of the police, there has been no further offending,’ she added.

Lwanga must register as a sex offender and abide by the terms of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years. His iPad was forfeited.