Failed asylum seeker in Doncaster had “disgusting” child porn on phone

A failed asylum seeker had indecent images of children as young as five on his mobile phones when police raided his Doncaster flat after a tip off he was giving drugs to 17-year-old girls.

Monday, 13th January 2020, 1:45 pm

Officers found £250 of cannabis in a plastic tub, at Esmaiel Vand's Coppley Road home, on January 18, 2019, said prosecutor Nicola Quinney.

"There had been allegations that he had been giving drugs to 17-year-old girls," she told Sheffield Crown Court, on Friday.

Two Category C videos and four Category C images of children were found on two mobile phones, along with an extreme pornographic image.

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Sheffield Crown Court

Camille Morland, mitigating, said: "He says the images were sent to him by friends. He was given the cannabis by friends and planned to share it.

"He had social contact with three 17-year-old girls."

The court heard Vand has one previous conviction for travelling on a bogus passport in 2009, when he arrived in the UK from Iran.

Ms Morland said although his asylum claim was rejected, and his immigration status is "uncertain", the Home Office was "not rushing to deport people to Iran."

She said Vand had been "acting against the regime" and "people who remained have been executed."

"It's an unsafe country as far as the United Nations is concerned," she added.

Vand, 34, pleaded guilty to possession of the extreme porn image, on November 3, and admitted possession of cannabis with intent to supply and the other two indecent image offences, on December 3.

Judge Jeremy Richardson QC said the videos were “absolutely disgusting”, while the pornographic image "defies description."

"It has to be remembered that there were real children in these DVDs that were being abused," he told Vand.

"You should be comprehensively ashamed of yourself. If you return to Iran, I rather suspect the regime there will take a less indulgent view of your offences.

"You are socially isolated. Your idleness has led to crime. My aim is to rehabilitate you."

He gave Vand 30 rehabilitation sessions and 200 hours of unpaid work and placed him on the Sex Offenders Register for five years.