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- Shul-goer gets jail for 26 child porn offences (08/11/2007)
- A 33-year-old family man who downloaded child porn from the internet was today (Mon) jailed for nine months (11/05/2007)
- Family man jailed for downloading child porn (11/06/2007)
- Man jailed for web child porn offences (11/06/2007)
V Southport’s Jewish community was in shock this week after a regular Reform Synagogue congregant was jailed for nine months for downloading and distributing child pornography.
Heath Colwyn, 33, was sentenced on Monday at Liverpool Crown Court, where he had pleaded guilty to 26 offences of making indecent images of children and five of distributing them.
The court was told that police seized two laptops and 21 floppy discs from the home of Colwyn in March 2005. They were found to contain 488 indecent images of children aged from about nine to 15. Eighty-nine were in the serious category involving sex with adults.
One of the laptops contained emails showing that the electrical engineer had distributed images to others in the UK.
Colwyn’s barrister, Andrew Loveridge, pointed out that he had no similar previous convictions and denied that his behaviour had been sexually motivated.
However, Judge David Aubrey, QC, found this “difficult to accept”, and, passing sentence, told the court that viewing such images perpetuated child abuse. The court was told that Colwyn’s wife was standing by him. The couple have a three-year-old son.
Colwyn, who in his younger days was an enthusiastic Jewish Lads’ and Girls’ Brigade member, was said by a fellow Southport Reform congregant to have “an unblemished record in the community”, where his family is long established and well regarded. “There is nothing in his past to account for what happened.”
Emeritus minister Rabbi Sydney Kay told the JC that Colwyn would remain welcome at services and community events when released, and was “amazed” that anyone would think otherwise. “A synagogue is a synagogue and as such accepts every Jew as a Jew.”
Referring to the decision taken earlier this year by Stanmore Synagogue to ban indefinitely a convicted sex offender , Andrew Josephs, Rabbi Kay said: “Stanmore is Stanmore, Southport is Southport. If someone has served his punishment, as the Torah says, the judge draws him close and calls him brother.”
Any concerns by young families would be dealt with and could not influence the decision, as “I am guided by the Torah”.
The Reform congregation has around 120 adult members and 20 children at its cheder.
JLGB chief executive Neil Martin said Colwyn had been a member up to the age of 18 or 20, and “may have been our most junior type of young leader. But had there been any cause for suspicion, we would have acted.”
Man jailed for web child porn offences
Liverpool Echo - November 6, 2007
A 33-year-old family man who downloaded child porn from the internet was jailed for nine months.
Heath Colwyn was arrested after police investigating a West Midlands man discovered that he had sent images to Colwyn.
When they went to Col-wyn's home they seized two laptop computers and 21 floppy discs which, when analysed held a total of 488 indecent images of children aged between about nine to 15 years.
Geoffrey Greenwood, prosecuting, told Liverpool crown court that 277 images were in the lowest category but that 89 were in the serious category.
Colwyn, of Cornwall Way, Ainsdale, pleaded guilty to 26 offences of making indecent images of children and five of distributing them.
His barrister, Andrew Loveridge, said Colwyn denied his behaviour had been sexually motived.
But Judge David Aubrey QC, said he found that "difficult to accept".
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