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‘As long as no one catches us, we’ll be fine’: Lorry driver spared jail after sending explicit messages to 13-year-old

A man who sent a string of explicit messages to who he thought was a 13-year-old girl has been spared jail.

Stephen Brown, 37, was on Monday (July 24) given a 21-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, when he appeared at Croydon Crown Court[1].

Brown used the Kik social media messenger in May 2015 to start speaking who he believed to be a 13-year-old girl named Lauren.

After finding out her age, he said “I like young girls, they look sexy” before asking if she could send a picture of herself because he wanted to know if she looked “HOT”.

Girl reportedly sexually assaulted by man who ‘tried to kiss and hug her’ then ‘racially abused’ others[2]

Brown, formerly of Milner Close in Caterham[3], sent the girl an image of an erect penis after asking: “Can any one see your phone?”.

He messaged the girl 11 more times on Kik between May 12, 2015, and July 7, 2015, and continued to ask her for photographs.

After receiving a pair of knickers, he asked if she would meet in person.

When asking to confirm she wanted to meet him, he said: “Even though it could be called as illegal what we do; “As long as no one catches us we will be fine x” and “The old bill would lock me up x lol”.

Brown reminded her to delete the messages “so no one could find them” after they became more detailed.

On June 18, 2015, Brown, now of Uxbridge Street in Burton-on-Trent, Derbyshire, sent two pictures of himself to the victim.

‘Dangerous, perverse and truly depraved’: Sick predator who stalked woman through dating app to live out ‘rape fantasy’ jailed for 17 years[4]

One was of him lying on his back with his naked torso exposed and the other a close up of an erect penis with a pair of naked legs resting on the duvet.

At first, he denied any knowledge of sending pictures and talking to Lauren.

However, it was during his second police interview he confirmed the facial images and two images of an erect penis were his and that he had taken the photographs.

But Brown went on to to try and blame someone else for using his phone and said he only ever looked at farming related websites.

‘Sick images’

At court, he admitted three counts of making indecent images of children, possessing extreme pornography and causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation officers found mobile mobile phones and a table at Brown’s home containing evidence of the online conversations and indecent images of chidlren.

Brown has been placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for 15 years and has been given a sexual harm prevention order for the same duration.

He has also been ordered to attend a 30-day rehabilitation court, perform 200 hours of community service and pay £500 in costs.

A charge of attempting to commit an offence of meeting a child following sexual grooming was left to lie on file.

NCA senior investigating officer Robert Willis said: “Every child in sexual abuse images is a victim and everyone using these sick images reinforces the market for the abuse.

“Brown’s deviant interest in children is clear for all to see in the message he sent.”

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‘You have cost the life of a wholly innocent person’: Police ‘distraction’ plea after lorry driver sentenced for …

Surrey Police[1] is urging people avoid distractions behind the wheel after a “loving and generous” grandmother died when her car was hit by a HGV, which had run a red light in Lingfield[2] .

Paul Russell, 66, of Staley Avenue, Ashby-De-La-Zouch, was legally using his Bluetooth hands-free mobile at the time of the crash.

However, distracted by his phone, Russell went through a red light and smashed into the driver’s side of 82-year-old Jill Turk’s Vauxhall Corsa, which was violently overturned.

Mrs Turk, who was from Lingfield, was pronounced dead at the scene[3] .

Russell on Friday (July 17) pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving following the crash in Eastbourne Road[4] on August 17, 2016.

Following Russell’s conviction, Sergeant John-Paul Davis from Surrey Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit warned of the “devastating consequences” of driving distraction.

“This is a tragic case which has resulted in the death of an 82-year-old woman and has been devastating for her family and friends,” he said.

“Witnesses who followed behind Russell on the day described his driving as immaculate.

Mrs Turk’s car overturned in the crash

He added: “This will have a far reaching impact on Russell and his family as, although the court recognised he did not set out on his journey to cause the death of another person, it is sadly what happened.

“What it shows is that even if you are using your hands-free and a professional driver, you can be prone to distraction which can have the most devastating consequences.”

The crash took place happed August 17, 2016 (Image: Google Street View)

Following Ms Turk’s death, a campaign set up by her granddaughter[5] to improve safety at the “dangerous” junction of Eastbourne Road and Ray Lane was backed by more than 400 people.

In a victim impact statement read out at Guildford Crown Court[6] on Friday (July 21), Mrs Turk’s family said they struggle with her loss each day.

“Learning that my mum had been killed in such horrific circumstances was beyond the most dreadful circumstances that I have ever encountered,” it read.

“Since then, coming to terms with my mum’s death and trying to comprehend that I will not see my lovely mum is totally devastating.”

The statement added: “I am struggling to deal with the loss every day, as do my husbands and sons. My mum was a thoughtful, loving and generous person.

“At the time of her death, she was on her way to visit her old school friends to deliver blankets that she had knitted for children in Africa.”

‘Cost the life of an innocent person’

Russell was sentenced to a two-year suspended prison sentence, as well as a five-year disqualification from driving with an extended retest being required.

Judge Roger Chapple said: “By your actions, you have cost the life of a wholly innocent person. She is known to have been a fit and active lady who was thoughtful and kind.”

When speaking about the fact Russell failed to see the red traffic light, Judge Chapple added:

“The fact that you were on the phone must have had a great deal to do with that.”

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References

  1. ^ Surrey Police (www.getsurrey.co.uk)
  2. ^ Lingfield (www.getsurrey.co.uk)
  3. ^ pronounced dead at the scene (www.getsurrey.co.uk)
  4. ^ the crash in Eastbourne Road (www.getsurrey.co.uk)
  5. ^ campaign set up by her granddaughter (www.getsurrey.co.uk)
  6. ^ Guildford Crown Court (www.getsurrey.co.uk)
  7. ^ App Store (itunes.apple.com)
  8. ^ Google Play for Android (play.google.com)