Child porn charge man stoned by young yobs

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A MAN facing child pornography charges came under attack when two teenagers hurled lumps of concrete through his living room window.

Stephen Wholey had CCTV installed after a front window was smashed but, at 8.20pm on October 9 this year, the same bay window was smashed.

“He heard a loud crash and then a second missile came straight through, showering the room where he had just been sitting with glass,” prosecutor Becky Mahon told Chesterfield magistrates.

“Substantial chunks of patio paving slabs had been thrown at the property. He said the incident was quite terrifying because it seemed the violence was escalating.”

She added Wholey, aged 35, of Glapwell, is awaiting trial for allegedly possessing pornographic images of children.

Ryan Wheeler, 18, was arrested and initially said he was with two other youths who ran away.

He said he heard two smashes but did not see who caused the damage. He was shown a still photograph taken from CCTV footage and admitted being one of the offenders.

A 17-year-old Shirebrook youth, who cannot be identified, stated he had drunk three litres of cider that day and knew Wholey was facing child pornography charges. He expressed remorse.

Wheeler, of Poplar Drive, Glapwell, admitted causing £535 damage to a window, blind and ornament. He had no previous convictions.

The justices imposed a 7pm to 7am curfew for two months, describing his actions as dangerous and reckless, and saying it was fortunate no-one was injured.

The 17-year-old was dealt with separately by the youth court. He had a previous conviction for damaging property and is subject to an anti-social behaviour order.

His solicitor, Lisa Tinsley, said: “He didn’t set out with the intention of causing damage, it took place under the influence of alcohol. He says his drinking has now decreased.”

Joe Harvey, for Wheeler, said he stopped taking medication for attention deficit disorder after splitting up with his girlfriend and, on the night,had drank three litres of cider.