Appeal lodged by Emsworth paedophile to cut sentence

AN EMSWORTH man who was a member of an international paedophile ring based in Portsmouth is attempting to overturn his conviction.

Daniel Bell, a serving soldier of St James Road, was given a four-month prison sentence, suspended for a year, for attempting to distribute an indecent image of children and two counts of possessing indecent images of children after police found material on his laptop.

He – along with Mark Day and Jonathan Garner-Harris – were convicted of being part of a vile gang that abused children and shared photos and videos of the abuse around the world.

Day, formerly of Gosport, now of Whitefriars Meadow, Sandwich, Kent, was jailed for three years after being found guilty of arranging a child sex offence.

If his bid to appeal his conviction fails he still hopes to reduce his sentence.

Internet chat logs recovered by the police showed Day had talked online to the group’s leader, Robert Hathaway, and planned to meet up to abuse a child.

Garner-Harris, 37, of Marrick Priory, Marrick, Richmond, North Yorkshire, was jailed for four years with an extended licence period of six years after admitting three charges of inciting a child sex offence and 17 charges of possessing, making and distributing indecent photos of children.

He also spoke to Hathaway online and encouraged him to abuse children.

Day and Bell were found guilty after a six-week trial at Portsmouth Crown Court while Garner-Harris pleaded guilty.

A judge at the Court of Appeal in London will now look at their arguments and consider any grounds for an appeal.

The judge will then decide whether the cases can go before the Court of Appeal.

It is expected to take a couple of months before the three men learn whether they can appeal.