Man threatened to kill himself after being found with indecent images of children and extreme pornography

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A MAN found with indecent images of children and extreme pornography involving animals threatened to kill himself with a knife when police raided his home.

Owen Roberts, 24, of Barry Road, Barry appeared in Cardiff Crown Court on Friday, July 18 charged with 16 offences covering 167 images and 25 movies.

Twenty two of these movies were classified as being in the worst category of indecent image - category "A".

The defendant's address was raided on Friday, January 31 when police became aware of indecent images of children being purchased using his credit card.

When officers entered his property he told them: "I've got a problem. I've been downloading images.

"I hate cruelty and it's the worst kind of cruelty. I'm glad you've come."

Saying that his life was over he then ran into the kitchen and grabbed a knife, telling officers he was going to kill himself.

They persuaded him to put the knife down and he was arrested.

The court heard that Roberts, who works as a cleaner, had two previous police warnings for shoplifting and cannabis possession.

Giving Roberts a three year supervision order - sparing him a custodial sentence and ordering him to undergo a rehabilitation programme - Judge DJ Hale told Roberts: "You only get one chance at this.

"If you are back before the court for anything like this you will go to prison.

"But if you take advantage of what's going to happen so you never again feel the need to look at these things, fine.

"You've got to understand that someone, somewhere went through agony to provide you with this material."

Roberts also had to pay £200 costs and a £60 surcharge.

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