Wales

Anthony Billings had indecent image in Bangor probation hostel

A north Wales man jailed for possessing child pornography had an indecent image of a child in his probation hostel room when he died, an inquest has heard.

Anthony Billings, 45, of Holyhead, Anglesey, was found dead after a heart attack in September 2010.

An inquest jury at Caernarfon found Billings died of natural causes at Ty Newydd probation hostel at Bangor.

They also found that the system of supervision at the hostel was "lax" at the time.

Billings, a former RAF armourer, had been sent to the hostel after being released on licence from a two-year jail sentence for having 157,000 indecent images. Police only examined a sample of files on his computer.

He had last been seen by staff at the hostel two days earlier, the court heard.

Coroner Dewi Pritchard-Jones told the jury: "I can't but be concerned about the fact that Mr Billings was convicted of possession of indecent images of children.

"He served a jail sentence. He was about to be sent back into the community and those photographs which you have all seen, what do you see there but an indecent image of a child? Doesn't that cause concern?

"It shows prison doesn't work with people who are affected by this desire for child pornography."

The inquest heard there had been a probation service inquiry and a probe by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman.

Since December 2010 there had been a new manageress at the hostel and there was a tighter regime there.

Two-hourly welfare checks are now made on residents until late in the evening and room checks were more thorough, the inquest was told.

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