Derek Osbourne, 63, walked free despite accessing pornography which breached his Sexual Harm Prevention Order
Derek Osbourne was jailed in 2013 for possessing 3,000 depraved images
A former Liberal Democrat council leader who was jailed for a ‘stomach-churning’ stash of child abuse images today walked free despite flouting an internet ban.
Derek Osbourne, 63, was caged for two years in 2013 after he was caught with more than 3,000 child abuse images.
The depraved stash – including the most serious level four and five child abuse images – was unearthed when police raided his home in New Malden, Surrey, in June 2013.
Osbourne, a former Kensington Borough Council leader, confessed to his crimes when his wife and two teenage daughters were ‘out of earshot’.
The married-father-of-two was handed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order that barred him from accessing any online groups, message boards, or instant messaging software that contained ‘images, movies, or discussion about pornography of any kind’.
But he breached the order on multiple occasions between 24 April and 8 November 2015 by accessing and discussing adult pornography on a gaming site and apps including Tumblr and Chat Random.
Southwark Crown Court heard that Osbourne has not committed any offences relating to child abuse images since his release.
Today, he walked free from court despite the breach of the order.
Prosecutor Beverley Akinbile said: “On the 10 May the defendant was committed for sentence from South West Magistrates’ Court for three charges of a breach of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
“There’s a programme on the defendant’s computer which allowed them to monitor any inappropriate use – that programme would capture information in a snapshot and indicate if there were any concerns.
“The police were informed that there were concerns and they attended the address of the defendant and seized his computer.”
He was spared prison despite breaching his order
Their investigation revealed that Osbourne had had three sessions on adult gaming sites that contained images of real and virtual adult porn on 24 April 2015.
He then had 10 discussions on Tumblr and Chat Random involving adult pornography, and accessed three pornographic images and a movie between 28 September and 8 November 2015.
Although none of the breaches involved child abuse images, Judge Alistair McCreath noted: “He has no control over the content that he will view, listen to, or engage in discussion about.”
When Judge McCreath jailed him in 2013, he decried Osbourne’s ‘appalling’ images of child abuse.
He said: “Those images are of real children suffering real abuse, not some electronic construct.
“All of these children were subjected to abuse of some kind or another, some of it truly appalling. It is stomach-turning, some of the children were as young as three.
“Of course you didn’t perpetrate that abuse yourself, but you and others like you are complicit.
“Without people like you to look it, there would be no point in creating the images.”
Osbourne had created a blog to discuss his desires for a ‘deviant sexual lifestyle’ which also involved violence against women.
Using the alias ‘Dave Strider’ the pervert appeared in Yahoo chatrooms and forums as well as setting up fantasy Facebook profiles to share his sick stash.
One of the sites he accessed to discuss porn was Tumblr
Judge McCreath today acknowledged that Osbourne has paid for therapy to try and curb his porn addiction and has not accessed or collected any child abuse images since his release.
He said: “The risk of course is you go into a chat room where people talk in this kind of way and there is no telling where the conversation will go.”
Referring to a report from his therapist, Judge McCreath said: “It tells me that he has accessed, at his own expense and his own initiative, therapy from her which has had the affect of reducing the risk of further child offences to a significant degree.
“That’s important because it shows determination on his part to address the risk.”
He imposed a four-month suspended sentence after Osbourne admitted three counts of breaching his Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
Judge McCreath warned: “Make no mistake, had this been a second appearance before me for breach of this order you would have gone to prison without the option.”
Osbourne was first elected to Kingston Council in 1986 before serving as Lib Dem leader of the council between 1994 and 1997 before another decade-long stint from 2003.
His 27-year career was left in tatters following his 2013 resignation from the council.
Osbourne, of Burlington Road, New Malden, Kingston upon Thames, was handed a four month sentence suspended for 12 months.
BIG thanks to @TrojanManifesto