Jail warning for Worksop man who had indecent images of children and animal porn

NEWS from Nottingham Crown Court.
NEWS from Nottingham Crown Court.

A 48-year-old Worksop man has been warned that he could be sent to prison after he was found to have more than 550 indecent images of children.

Andrew Wilkinson, of Holmefield Close, was also in possession of an extreme pornographic video that showed a person having sex with an animal, a court heard.

Wilkinson was due to be sentenced this week after indicating pleas of guilty to four charges dating back to May 20, 2014.

However, the case was adjourned after he decided, at the 11th hour, that he needed to be legally represented. He had previously been determined to defend himself.

“You are correct,” Judge Stuart Rafferty told Wilkinson at Nottingham Crown Court. “These are very serious matters and a custodial sentence is not out of the question.

“It seems to me that you need representation to make sure that everything that can be said for you is said properly.”

Wilkinson had been committed to the Crown Court for sentence after appearing at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court last month.

He is charged with possession of 469 indecent images of children, classed as category A, 40 images classed as category B and 42 classed as category C. The fourth charge relates to the video, which is described as “grossly offensive, disgusting or obscene”.

No further details of the offences were relayed to the court by Mark Knowles, prosecuting.

The probation service has prepared a pre-sentence report on Wilkinson, who was granted unconditional bail until the date of his next hearing on Wednesday, June 1.