A SEX offender who repeatedly flouted a court order and continued making indecent images of children has been jailed.

John Kirby was previously made subject to a sexual harm prevention order for life after he was convicted of sex offences.

As part of that order his use of the internet has been controlled.

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The 57-year-old of Penrose Drive, Banbury, appeared at Oxford Crown Court on December 17 to be sentenced for five offences of breaching that order as well as six fresh offences of making indecent images of children.

Outlining the case at his sentencing hearing, prosecutor Alexandra Bull said that officers turned up to his Banbury address in January before seizing a mobile phone which was in his possession.

On examining the black smartphone it showed that websites had been visited containing indecent images of children.

Search terms used included ‘tiny teen gang bang’ and ‘first time sex.’

A total of five indecent images were found on that device – made up of category B images, the medium level in terms of severity.

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On a subsequent home visit officers took a Toshiba laptop which also yielded indecent images.

Officers found on that machine seven still and moving images in the most severe category – A, as well as eight in category B and seven in category C.

More images were found on an external hard drive made up of six in category A, two in category B and two in category C.

In mitigation his defence barrister Julian Lynch said that there were ‘fewer images than appear in some cases such as this.’

Sentencing, Judge Ian Pringle QC said: “Breaching a sexual harm prevention order is one thing, downloading images is another.

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“You were in breach of your sexual harm prevention order by letting yourself have equipment that you were not entitled to have under the order and went on to download images of children.

“The aggravating features are that you committed some of these offences on bail, you have a history of disobedience of court orders.

"That seriously aggravates this case.”

For the string of offences Kirby was jailed for a total of 40 months and must pay a statutory victim surcharge.

The original sexual harm prevention order was also ordered to continue and will remain indefinite.

He must also sign the sex offenders register for life.