AN AMMANFORD paedophile was warned on Friday (Apr 13) he was on his way to jail after he admitted downloading child pornography for a second time.
Mark Tomlinson, aged 51, of High Street, had been due to be sentenced by Judge Paul Thomas at Swansea Crown Court.
Tomlinson admitted possessing 21 indecent images of children aged between seven and 12.
He also admitted being in breach of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order imposed in December, 2016, for earlier offences of possessing child. pornography. Then, he had walked into a magistrates’ court with a mobile telephone holding 110 indecent images.
Sophie Hill, prosecuting, said detectives paid Tomlinson a routine visit on August 15 last year and asked to examine his computers.
One revealed he had been searching the internet for images of “barely legal” youngsters and that just a few days earlier he had set his machine to “factory reset,” thereby wiping out traces of previous searches.
That, the court heard, went against the terms of the SHPO.
Tomlinson maintained he liked to play games which soon slowed down his computer and that he pressed factory reset to speed it up.
Judge Thomas said he did not accept that.
He said the shop where Tomlinson had bought the computer had already set it back to its original condition and he did not believe his explanation, and feared the real reason was that he wanted to conceal what he had been doing.
Judge Thomas said he would sentence Tomlinson on April 21 and during that hearing he could produce evidence to persuade the judge he had been telling the truth.
If not, added Judge Thomas, he would sentence Tomlinson on the basis he had been downloading child pornography on earlier occasions.
He said that as things stood the starting point would be two years in prison.
Judge Thomas granted Tomlinson bail until April 21 but warned him he had come “within the skin of your teeth” to going immediately into custody.
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THE HERO of London Bridge who was stabbed nine times as he fought off three terrorists armed with just a police baton has called on Carmarthen people to nominate an unsung hero of their own.
And British Transport Police Officer Wayne Marques said bravery and courage should be recognised because it is inspiring and encouraging to others.
He said: “Every tragedy has a silver lining and it is up to us to make sure that silver shines.”
Wayne, 39, who won the Against All Odds category in last year’s global hearing specialists Amplifon’s Brave Britons awards, was on patrol in the area of London Bridge Station when he heard screams on the evening of June 3 last year and then he saw people being stabbed in Borough High Street near the junction with London Bridge Street.
He charged at one of the terrorists lashing out with his baton. But soon he was being attacked by all three terrorists one stabbing him above his right eye which cause him to go temporarily blind in the eye.
More than 12 months on and Wayne still travels from his South London home to Harrogate, Yorkshire, where he receives rehabilitation treatment.
Seven people died in the attack and many more were badly injured.
Now Wayne is calling on people who know of acts of courage or bravery to nominate them for this year’s Amplifon – who have a store in Merlins Walk Shopping Centre, Carmarthen – Brave Briton awards.
He said: “I first felt surprised and then humble when I was nominated by a person I didn’t even know. The fact they had taken their time to fill in a form and nominate me made me feel very honoured. It would have been wrong for me to respond in any other way.”
Wayne added: “We need more people honoured in the way I was because there are a lot of people out there who go beyond what is expected of them for the sake of others.
“Even uniformed services personnel who do a job where they are expected to sometimes face danger go beyond that expectation and react to the highest magnitude.
“To nominate others and put them in the limelight is so inspiring and encouraging to others in their communities and around the country.
“Through adversity we as a nation tend to pull together. How we rally together makes this country great.”
There are six categories in the Amplifon Brave Britons awards: Against All Odds, Young Hero, Service To Their Country, Active Agers, Hero Pet, and Charity Champion.
Anyone who wishes to nominate a hero in any of the categories should visit http://www.amplifon.com
Finalists will be invited to an awards ceremony to be held at the Army and Navy Club, Pall Mall, London, on Tuesday, October 16.
A panel of judges including Falklands hero Simon Weston will also choose an overall Hero from the category winners who will win a trip to Italy.
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