Leeds wife’s fury at child porn sentence

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A WIFE has slammed the criminal justice system after her husband avoided being sent to jail despite downloading 5,000 child porn images behind her back.

Brenda Broomfield told the YEP she believes current sentencing guidelines fail to take into account the hurt and anguish felt by families of paedophiles.

Mrs Broomfield was hoping to see husband Allan jailed when he was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court after secretly viewing sickening images of child abuse at their family home.

Broomfield was caught when horrified family members discovered his offending and went to police.

His wife sat in the public gallery of Leeds Crown Court in the hope of seeing the 60-year-old grandfather being sent to jail.

He was instead handed a three-year community order after a judge heard he had been seeking help to address his sickening obsession in the 12 months since his arrest.

After the hearing, Mrs Broomfield told the YEP: “The justice system doesn’t take into account the hurt and anguish of the family of these paedophiles and how they destroy our lives and the girls lives involved in the videos and pictures.

“I am divorcing him as I can’t live with a convicted paedophile.”

Prosecutor Jonathan Sharp described how the images involved girls as young as four being abused by adults. The court heard Broomfield would download images at the family home and view them when his wife was out.

Broomfield pleaded guilty to 20 offences of possessing indecent images of children. The court heard a total of 5,264 images in total were discovered on two computers.

Graham Parkin, mitigating, said Broomfield was sorry for what he had done. He said his client had paid to attend two courses - The Stop It Now programme, and the Lucy Faithfull Foundation - designed to address his offending.

Describing the affect on the children in the images, Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier, QC, said: “The undoubted blight on their lives by their involvement in these activities is clear as it can possibly be.”

Broomfield was made the subject of a three-year community order, during which he must attend sex offender programmes.

The judge said he had to take national sentencing guidelines into account when imposing the punishment.

He explained that an immediate prison sentence, or even a suspended prison term, would not allow enough time for Broomfield to attend a programme.

Broomfield was also ordered to go on the sex offenders register for five years.

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