VILLAGERS have launched a petition demanding a review of the sentencing of a convicted paedophile.
More than 300 people in and around Bronington, between Whitchurch and Wrexham, are calling for an urgent sentencing review in the case of Dennis Igo, who was convicted in May of possessing more than 255,000 indecent images of children on his computer.
Igo, 53, of Little Green, Bronington, 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 was sentenced to 300 hours’ community service and a two-year suspended sentence for two years. A judge at Mold Crown Court said there were “exceptional mitigating circumstances” in his case.
Susan Elan Jones, MP for Clwyd South, has spoken out this week in the House of Commons and has branded the sentence “an insult”.
One of the organisers of the petition, a female Bronington resident who wished to remain anonymous, said the original sentencing was “completely unacceptable”.
“Some sort of justice needs to be done,” she said.
“We feel very strongly about this due to the fact this man lives very close to us all and many of the villagers know him.
“We are seeking a review because justice needs to be done for all the children in these images. Their lives are going to be ruined and the strength of feeling here is very strong. Parents with children here are clearly concerned.
“How someone can walk away from court without serving time for offences like this, it does not make any sense.”
The petition can still be found online, but the paper version, which was displayed in Bronington Village Stores and gathered 300 signatures in 10 days, has now been sent to Ms Jones to be used as part of the campaign for a review.
Ms Jones brought the case to the attention of Home Office ministers in the Commons on Tuesday, calling for harsher legislation to be put in place for online paedophilia cases.
She has written to the Attorney General, Dominic Grieve MP, asking for the sentence awarded to Igo to be reviewed as a matter of urgency.
Ms Jones said: “There is a very strong feeling around Bronington about this.
“The strength of the petition indicates what people think of this sort of crime and I think it is an insult that he was able to walk away from court.”