Northern Ireland

Garth Michael Williams jailed for serious sex offences

A man has been jailed for 10 months for a series of serious sexual offences.

Garth Michael Williams, 43, originally from South Africa but living in County Down at the time of the offences, admitted possessing indecent photographs of children and having sex with an animal.

The judge ordered Williams to spend two years on supervised licence after his jail term.

He will remain on the sex offenders' register for an indefinite period.

A prosecution barrister told Newry Crown Court that on the day he was arrested Williams tried to take his own life before surrendering to police.

He said Williams "made full and frank confessions to police" after his arrest and admitted that he had been looking at indecent images of children since 2000.

A defence lawyer said many of the charges came about as a direct result of Williams's own confessions, adding that he had shown "insight and remorse" for his actions.

He added that Williams, a civil engineer, had already paid a price in that his marriage was over and "his career is effectively in tatters".

The judge told Williams he was giving him credit for his guilty plea, full confessions and previously clear criminal record.

The judge barred Williams from working with children and imposed a sexual offences prevention order that prohibits him from unsupervised contact with children and using computers that do not have monitoring software.

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