AN MP has has written to the Attorney General calling for an urgent review of the sentence awarded to a man who had hundreds of thousands of indecent images of children on his computer.
Dennis Igo, 53, from Little Green, Bronington, had more than 255,000 indecent images of children on his computer and admitted making and possessing indecent images – both still photographs and movies – of children aged between five and 14 between January 2006 and March 2013.
He escaped jail and was sentenced to 300 hours community service and a two-year prison sentence, suspended for two years. A judge at Mold Crown Court said there were “exceptional mitigating circumstances” in his case.
Now Susan Elan Jones, MP for Clwyd South, has written to Attorney General Dominic Grieve MP QC, calling the sentence “pitiful” and “totally inadequate”.
In the letter, she said: “Mr Igo has pleaded guilty to some extremely disturbing charges and I feel that the sentence awarded is totally inadequate when one considers the crimes that have been committed. I urge you to take action on this matter and to review this case in depth. On behalf of the victims involved in Mr Igo’s ‘collection’ and the local community which I represent, I ask that you take whatever action is available to you to see that justice is done in this case.”
Speaking to the Leader, she added: “I have heard from many constituents in Bronington over the weekend and they are all as horrified as I am. It’s relatively unusual for an MP to ask the Attorney General to review an individual case but I will not let this matter rest.”
Mold Crown Court heard Igo, described as a successful businessman, became addicted to pornography when he suffered financial difficulties not of his making and he lost his life savings.
Igo was also said to be “in a very dark place” after his wife received treatment and surgery for breast cancer. He told police that at the time he searched “little breasts” on the internet, child porn sites appeared and he began viewing them. He became addicted – looking at them daily, up to three or four hours a day.
Judge Niclas Parry said what Igo was looking at was actually happening – he viewed the suffering of children who were abused.
But there was quite exceptional mitigating circumstances and the probation service took the view he could be safely managed in the community.