Man and woman sentenced for ‘abhorrent fascination’ over indecent images of children

Philip Riddiford-Bell, who has been jailed for three years.
Philip Riddiford-Bell, who has been jailed for three years.

A MAN has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to the distribution and possession of indecent images of chlidren.

Philip Riddiford-Bell, 32, of Skerne Road, Driffield, was sentenced at Hull Crown Court on June 7 following a long and complex case that began in October 2014.

He was given a three-year sentence with a one year custodial sentence to be served concurrently after also being convicted of possession of extreme pornography involving bestiality.

Riddiford-Bell will also be on the sex offenders register indefinitely and will be subject to a sexual harm prevention order for life.

His co-accused Aimee Francis Jane Esnee, 30, of Weeton, pleaded guilty to possession of indecent images of children.

She was sentenced to a six-month custodial sentence, suspended for two years.

She was also fined £1,000 and will be on the sex offenders register and subject to a sexual harm prevention order for seven years.

Humberside Police were made aware of internet activity linked to a specific e-mail address belonging to Riddiford-Bell.

The subsequent investigation uncovered online communication and sharing of images with Esnee, who was arrested in May 2015.

Detective Constable June Sarel from the Internet Sex Offences Team, said: “Police across the country are committed to identifying and prosecuting people who make, distribute and possess indecent images of children.

“Their abhorrent fascination leads to the exploitation of young and vulnerable children.

“I hope this successful conviction serves as a warning to other offenders that they can and will be identified and face justice for their crimes.”