Charged with having 100,000 child sex images

Gareth David Winton
Gareth David Winton

An alleged web pervert was ordered to stand trial accused of having over 100,000 indecent images of children being abused when he appeared at the local court on Monday.

Standing in the dock of Lisburn Magistrates Court, 35-year-old Gareth David Winton was charged with a total of 29 offences including five of distributing, 21 of making and possessing indecent images of children and three of possessing prohibited images of kids, all alleged to have occurred on various dates between 18 August 2010 and 12 July 2014.

While many of the title images are too graphic to repeat, one count alleges that Winton had 118,916 images of children being sexually abused while another relates to 33 prohibited images.

Winton, from the Crumlin Road in Glenavy, confirmed that he is aware of the charges and that he was not objecting to the Preliminary Enquiry committal proceedings.

Although no facts surrounding be the allegations were opened in court, a prosecuting lawyer submitted that based on the papers before the court, “there is a case to answer.”

The alleged pervert was told that while not obliged to, he had the right to comment on the charges, give evidence himself or call witnesses on his behalf with a warning that anything said would be given in evidence at his trial but Winton opted to remain silent at this time.

Returning the case to Craigavon Crown Court, District Judge Rosie Watters ordered Winton to appear there on 4 February for arraignment.

She also granted legal aid to include a single junior barrister. Releasing him on his own bail of £500, Judge Watters barred Winton from having unsupervised contact with children.