Car plant worker jailed for cache of child abuse images and videos

Kelvin Merritt

Kelvin Merritt

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A BMW plant worker who downloaded and shared hundreds of indecent images of children over 10 years has been jailed.

Kelvin Merritt, of Chestnut Close, Chesterton, near Bicester, was yesterday handed a 21-month prison sentence at Oxford Crown Court.

The 58-year-old admitted three counts of downloading, and one count of distributing, indecent images of children after his home was raided by police on Tuesday, September 10, last year.

Jane Davies, prosecuting, said officers found a total of 1,840 images on two laptops and one desktop computer, including 83 videos.

She told Recorder Simon Blackford that 392 of them were at levels four and five, showing the most serious abuse, and 92 had been shared over the internet.

Miss Davies said the children in the pictures ranged from babies and infants up to 13-year-olds and were mostly girls.

The barrister added Merritt had told police he had been viewing such material for 10 years and had used Skype to communicate with other paedophiles.

Kate O’Raghallaigh, defending, said her client was hard working, had been married for 24 years and had two children and a grandchild.

She said: “Mr Merritt has spent 37 years as a production worker for BMW.

“He does shift work and often finds himself at a loose end, home alone for long periods of time.

“And it was that pattern of shift working which seems to have played a role in how this offending came to happen.”

Recorder Blackford told Merritt it was people like him who helped to create a market for images of children being abused.

He sentenced him to 21 months in prison, fined him £5,000 and told him to pay £400 costs and a £15 victims’ surcharge. Merritt was also made subject to an indefinite sex offenders’ prevention order.

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5:44am Fri 30 May 14

daveh55 says...

The courts should have the power to hurt this vile man for life. Take away his nice shiny BMW funded car AND his partly state-funded pension. 21 months is a joke. He'll be out in less than a year!
The courts should have the power to hurt this vile man for life. Take away his nice shiny BMW funded car AND his partly state-funded pension. 21 months is a joke. He'll be out in less than a year! daveh55
  • Score: 7

7:12am Fri 30 May 14

Doctor69 says...

Disgusting nonce. He has a grandchild too :(
I hope his family disown him, and he gets what he is due in prison.
Disgusting nonce. He has a grandchild too :( I hope his family disown him, and he gets what he is due in prison. Doctor69
  • Score: 6

7:18pm Fri 30 May 14

GTS kiddy says...

Blaming his shift pattern... What a joke..... just a dirty pedophile. He should have it chopped off with no anesthetic !!!
Blaming his shift pattern... What a joke..... just a dirty pedophile. He should have it chopped off with no anesthetic !!! GTS kiddy
  • Score: 6

8:12am Sat 31 May 14

BobBusby says...

WTF? Admitted 10 years, isn't that when new top of range PC had 250 gigabyte HD? everyone has upgraded at least twice since then. Do they ever "get better"? Insult to society to offer excuses. Look levels up, see how depraved this is. Why not removed from society PERMANENTLY? Can't imagine how sick those that were around it must feel. God will never forgive. (Can't post anything malicious, so just didn't use words person or man instead).
WTF? Admitted 10 years, isn't that when new top of range PC had 250 gigabyte HD? everyone has upgraded at least twice since then. Do they ever "get better"? Insult to society to offer excuses. Look levels up, see how depraved this is. Why not removed from society PERMANENTLY? Can't imagine how sick those that were around it must feel. God will never forgive. (Can't post anything malicious, so just didn't use words person or man instead). BobBusby
  • Score: 4

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