Tata steelworker threw laptop from window to hide huge library of indecent images of children
A TATA Steel worker who attempted to barricade himself in his home when police called following an assault was discovered to have a huge library of indecent images of children, after throwing his laptop out of a window.
Police called at the home of Phillip Edward Caine, of Bronwydd in Birchgrove, in August, following a call from the father of the 44-year-old's victim.
Prosecuting, Linda Baker told Swansea Magistrates' Court: "Police had to force entry, and took him to Swansea Central Police Station.
"While in custody, a member of the public called police to say that while arresting him, he had thrown a laptop out of a window, into the undergrowth below."
After the laptop was recovered, Caine, formerly known as Yates, told officers: "I am sorry for what you have found on the computer. Most of the images are OK."
He pleaded guilty to 31 charges of making indecent images, and three further charges of possessing indecent images of children, including 555 static images, and 56 movie images. They included images at the top level of seriousness, level five, which are categorised as featuring sadism or bestiality, although the majority were level one.
The court was told that he had begun using the internet to search for images about 15 years ago.
Ms Baker added: "He does not know why, but viewing these images he had sexual gratification from doing so."
Mitigating, Huw Davies said: "He made a full and frank admission, and was fully co-operative."
Caine had denied the assault, but was found guilty following an earlier trial.
District judge David Webster adjourned sentencing until November 8 for a pre-sentence report.