Leigh Damerel – Yealmpstone Drive, Plympton

Former bus driver locked up for swapping vile child sex abuse images – again

A former bus driver has been jailed for having vile images of child abuse – for the second time.

Leigh Damerell, aged 58, shared perverted pictures with other paedophiles and tried to dodge police attempts to keep an eye on him, a court heard.

Damerell was handed a suspended prison sentence three years ago when he was caught with indecent images.

Having lost his job as a bus driver, he was offered specialist help to tackle his perversion, Plymouth Crown Court heard.

But police monitoring him found he had two undeclared iPads containing indecent images – two of which he had shared.

Jailing Damerell for three years, Judge Ian Lawrie said he was helping to “shatter the lives” of children being abuse.

He added: “People like yourself who view this material who endorse and encourage the most appalling treatment of youngsters. You said that you have a desire to be punished.

Police were forced to trawl through Damerell’s devices for perverted images and chat. 

“I take the view that you neither considered nor cared what would happen if you were caught. You have a compulsion for viewing this material.”

Damerell, of Yealmpstone Drive, Plympton, pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing single indecent images of children. One was of the most severe category, showing a child being sexually abused.

He also admitted three counts of making or downloading 277 indecent images of children – including four in the most serious bracket between January 2015 and June 2016.

Damerell finally pleaded guilty to breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order imposed at his last sentence three years ago which banned him from having devices capable of storing electronic images unless they were declared to the police.

Nigel Wraith, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said police monitoring Damerell spotted two iPads at his home which he had not declared.

Damerell came to Plymouth Crown Court with a bag packed for prison. 

Police found indecent images on the devices and evidence of vile chat with another paedophile, the court heard.

Two images had been shared with another pervert.

Will Willden, for Damerell, said his client had trouble explaining clearly why he had committed the offences.

But he added that the defendant “expressed a desire to be punished”.

Mr Willden said Damerell had suffered the loss of an ex-partner in a road accident. He added that he had also suffered a family bereavement during the period of a suspended prison sentence.

Judge Lawrie made a new Sexual Harm Prevention Order in the terms of the old order and extended it for life.



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