Colne man found with thousands of child porn pics is spared jail

Burnley Crown Court.
Burnley Crown Court.

A 23-YEAR-old man who had a near 5,000 haul of sickening child porn pics was spared jail because he struggles with life.

Burnley Crown Court heard how Simon Robbin handed police two USB flash drives when they went to his house in Colne in November, last year. Officers were to find more than 4,500 images of young boys, some of them being abused and in pain.

Robbin, who was later questioned, told police he knew he had done wrong and that he got some sexual gratification from looking at the photos.

The defendant, of End Street, had earlier admitted 16 charges of making an indecent photo of a child. He was given a three year community order, with supervision and was put on the sex offenders’ register for five years.

Emma Kehoe, prosecuting, said the flash drives were in Robbin’s wallet and he told the police: “That’s got the stuff on. “

He was taken to the police station, told officers there would be images of children on the USB sticks and that he had put them there from his computer.

Miss Kehoe said police discovered 39 images at level one, 25 at level two, two at level three, 42 at level four and 10 at level five, the most serious level. There was another 4,500 pictures, mostly at level one and two.

Martin Hackett, for Robbin, said there was nothing psychiatrically wrong with him, but the difficulty with him was his levels of understanding and learning. He had an extremely low range of intellectual ability.

The barrister continued: “Whilst these charges are very serious and very worrying, in the defendant’s particular circumstances the court could impose a lengthy period of supervision. He would be vulnerable if he was sent to prison.”

Judge Andrew Woolman told Robbin: “Normally people who keep images as bad as this go to prison, but I have read the report about you written by the probation officer and you met a psychologist and she has reported to the court. It’s clear that you have extreme difficulties in dealing with life and don’t understand an awful lot. It seems to me it would be better for everybody if the probation service tried to teach you what’s right and wrong.”