The Court of Appeal has recently reduced the term of imprisonment imposed upon a defendant, Mr Freedman, who had pleaded guilty to three offences of making indecent images of children and one offence of possession of an extreme pornographic image.
Helen Holder of Kangs Solicitors outlines the circumstances.
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The Appeal in Focus | Regina v Freedman:  EWCA Crim 90 | Kangs Appeal Solicitors
- In April 2017, during the execution of a search warrant at Mr Freedman’s home his electronic devices were seized and examination revealed indecent images of children.
- Although Mr Freeman initially denied knowledge of these images, he subsequently pleaded guilty, before Sheffield Crown Court, to three offences of making indecent images of children and one offence of possessing an extreme pornographic image involving children aged between three and sixteen years.
- Mr Freedman was sentenced in September 2021 to a total of fourteen months imprisonment suspended for two years with a Rehabilitation Activity Requirement of fifty-five days and he was made subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (‘SHPO’) and the Notification Requirements for a period of ten years.
- Upon Appealing his sentence, Mr Freedman relied, inter alia, upon the following by way of mitigation:
- at the time of sentencing, he was a 31-year-old man with no previous convictions,
- the number of stored images was comparatively small,
- he had shown remorse and taken active steps to address his offending behaviour,
- considerable delay had occurred in bringing the matter to court,
- the Probation Service had assessed him as a low risk of reoffending, a medium risk of further downloading child pornography and at medium risk of causing serious harm to prepubescent and pubescent children.
- Whilst the Court of Appeal was of the view that the seriousness of the offences justified the imposition of a custodial sentence, it concluded that the sentence was manifestly excessive and, accordingly, it reduced the term of imprisonment to six months, suspended for two years and retained the fifty-five days Rehabilitation Activity Requirement.
- By virtue of the reduction of the custodial element of the sentence, the Notification Requirements reduced to a period of seven years. Whilst the Court emphasised that there is no requirement for a SHPO to be the same length as the Notification Requirements, on this occasion, the SHPO term was also reduced to one of seven years.
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