‘Lock me up and throw away the key’ – sex offender’s plea after being caught with sickening child porn

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A SEX offender caught with hundreds of indecent images of children told police “lock me up and throw away the key”.

Bryan George Haythorne Hill had already served time in prison for a similar offence, and was banned from owning any equipment which could be used to store images.

But when police visited his home in Sunderland, the 55-year-old confessed to having a laptop.

Checks revealed this contained 410 sickening images and 35 depraved films of children being abused.

One of the films was classed as level five – the most serious – and one film and three images were categorised as extreme pornography.

Hill, of Tatham Street, admitted 11 charges at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court, including breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (Sopo). Prosecutor Jeanette Smith said Hill was sentenced to 12 months in prison in January 2011, and made subject to the life-long Sopo.

But he told his new risk management officer about the laptop during a visit following his release.

Checks revealed hundreds of distressing images of children being abused.

Mrs Smith told the court Hill also admitted he had posed as a young girl to chat to a 13-year-old schoolgirl online.

He also used two websites to contact fellow perverts.

Mrs Smith said: “He told police, ‘lock me up and throw away the key,’ and said he recognised one of the victims from his previous offences in 2011 as a nine-year-old girl.”

Tony Southwick, defending, claimed a brain injury could be to blame for Hill’s behaviour.

He said: “He suffered a workplace injury and lost his employment.

“Significantly, it included a frontal lobe trauma injury.

“Studies in America have shown that can have an effect on a person’s stability.

“It does not stop them knowing right from wrong, but prevents them knowing when to stop.

“Since his release from prison, there has been no investigations into the underlying causes.

“That needs to be explored, as it is something that needs to be addressed.”

Sunderland magistrates said the case was too serious for them to deal with, and remanded Hill in custody until a sentencing hearing at Newcastle Crown Court.