3rd Dec, 2016

Reclusive man who used Indonesian words to search for child porn escapes jail

Leamington Editorial 2nd Oct, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A LEAMINGTON man spent almost 24 hours a day shut away in his black-painted bedroom where he used Indonesian words to try to hide the fact that he was searching for child pornography.

But once police seized Daniel Malin’s computer they used a translator to reveal the English for the incriminating search terms he had used.

Malin had asked, in the eventuality of him being jailed, that his cell was kept locked for 24 hours a day as he could not stand mixing with other people.

But the 35-year-old of Queensway in Leamington was given a ten-month prison sentence suspended for two years after pleading guilty to three charges of making indecent images of children.

Judge Stephen Eyre QC at Warwick Crown Court also ordered him to take part in a rehabilitation activity for 40 days and to register as a sex offender for ten years.

Police who executed a warrant seized a computer from his bedroom.

On it they found four still images and two movies in the most severe category along with a number of other pictures and films of children.

When Malin was interviewed he said his interest was not in any way sexual but more about seeing children develop.

Jamie Strong, defending said a psychiatrist’s report showed Malin has Asperger’s syndrome.

Mr Strong said: “He is someone who, over a number of years, has become increasingly withdrawn from society and also from his own family.

“He inhabits his own bedroom, which is painted completely black, almost 24/7.

“The contact he has with his own family is limited to one meal a day in the evening for about one hour, and he then retreats back to his room.”

Sentencing Malin, Judge Eyre told him: “These are offences which have victims.

“The victims are children, often in the third world, who are induced or compelled into circumstances so that photographs can be taken.

“People like you who view those images create the market which causes those children to be victimised.

“I take into account your Asperger’s syndrome and your personal circumstances. They cannot be treated as some sort of get out of jail card, but they would mean that a prison sentence would be markedly more severe for you than for other people.”