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Mobile contained child porn images.

Byline: By Lisa Jones South Wales Echo

A paedophile was brought to justice after his mobile phone, containing images of child porn, was found in a city street. It led police to the door of convicted sex offender Martin McCullough. They uncovered a stash of other props he used to feed his fantasies.

He was jailed indefinitely at Cardiff Crown Court after pleading guilty to 18 charges of making indecent images of children and three of possessing indecent images of children, between 2001 and 2007.

A search of his home in Cowbridge Road East, Canton, Cardiff, unearthed laminated newspaper cuttings of child murder cases.

There were also framed photographs of children unknown to him and a packet of baby wet wipes, covered in Christmas wrapping paper, with a gift tag attached and made out to a fictitious child.

Laurence Jones, prosecuting, said the 30-year-old amassed a total of 929 printed and digital images of children and babies along with 35 DVDs.

The court heard McCullough was convicted of indecently assaulting a three-year-old girl and taking indecent photographs of her in 2000 and jailed for three years.

Peter Harding Roberts, defending, said McCullough had "made a conscious decision to deal with his unnatural urges via the internet rather than seek out a child" since his release from prison in 2001.

Judge Neil Bidder, QC, said: "There are features of this investigation which cause me great concern. You had put into frames photos of young girls as though they were part of your family."

The judge added: "The expressions on the faces of the children is all too obvious. You present a significant risk to members of the public, specifically to young girls."

McCullough was given a minimum term of four years. Accounting for time spent on remand, he will be eligible for parole in just over a year's time, but will not be released until he no longer presents a danger to the public.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 16, 2007
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