Plains Farm man avoids jail despite being convicted of having hundreds of indecent images of children

A 37 year old man from Plains Farm has avoided jail after being convicted of possessing hundreds of indecent images of children.

Scott Broadbent, 37 of Philips Square, was caught when the police conducted a search warrant of his home which involved seizing his electronic devices.

It was reported that: “Three of the devices contained 332 prohibited pictures and nine of extreme pornography” but were not part of the charges

However, police found “six devices” which “included images of children across three categories.

“The total amounted to 37 category A but 711 videos. Category B was 55 images and 212 videos, and category C 247 images and 101 videos.”

There was also 212 extreme pornographic images with the same number of videos, as well as 2,011 prohibited images, which may have dated back to 2015, the court heard.

These depicted images of children as young as three year old.

Having pleaded guilty and “expressed remorse”, Broadbent was sentenced to a suspended sentence of two years, as well as a community order consisting of 100 hours of paid work.