Derek Williams jailed over abuse images and bestiality videos

Derek Williams Derek Williams downloaded child abuse images and videos of bestiality

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A paedophile previously spared prison because of overcrowding has been jailed for downloading child abuse images and videos of bestiality.

Derek Williams, 53, of Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, admitted charges of accessing bestiality and was found guilty on the child abuse images.

The judge at Caernarfon Crown Court said Williams had an obsession.

Williams was jailed for three-and-a-half years.

In 2007 a judge decided to give him a suspended sentence in response to a request by the home secretary for judges to send only the most dangerous and persistent offenders to prison because they were so full.

Williams was instead given a six-month sentence suspended for two years after he had admitted downloading pornographic pictures of children.

The move provoked widespread debate and led to statements by the then Home Secretary John Reid and Tony Blair, who was prime minister.

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Williams was quoted on national television as saying: "Yes, I am lucky to be out, but you cannot blame the judge for what he has done. His hands are tied. He was only doing his job."

Within weeks, Williams was jailed for eight months - which covered his original sentence and two extra months - for failing to register as a sex offender within three days.

In January, Williams was found guilty at Caernarfon Crown Court of 15 charges of downloading child sex abuse images. He admitted downloading bestiality images.

On Wednesday, Judge Timothy Petts described some images, of girls as young as seven, as disgusting.

A Sexual Offences Prevention Order was also imposed.

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