Kirkby drug farmer hid child porn when cops raided his home

A Kirkby drug farmer who collected offensive weapons tried to hide a cache of vile child porn when police raided his home, a court heard.

Friday, 9th July 2021, 1:56 pm

A warrant was executed at Michael Barrett's Nuncargate address at 6.45am, on February 7, 2019, when officers discovered a laptop hidden under a piece of carpet in a cupboard, said prosecutor Jon Fountain.

The computer was on and thumbnails relating to 11 video files were on the screen.

More hard drives were confiscated and in total 632 Category A, 431 Category B and 2,201 Category C images and videos, where Category A is the most extreme, were uncovered.

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The images showed an interest in "boys and girls aged from four upwards," said Mr Fountain, but Barrett denied all knowledge of them until the day of his trial, on May 26.

In another bedroom, a 17-plant cannabis grow was found bearing half a kilo of the Class B drug “worth not less than £5,000 if sold in one gram deals.”

Officers also discovered 9.4 grams of amphetamine and £480 of cannabis in his car, along with an extendable police baton known as an Asp.

Barrett also lawfully possesses three blank-firing handguns, a crossbow and a number of knives, Nottingham Crown Court heard on Friday.

Police stopped his car in Kirkby, at 10am on August 6, last year, and found a large machete behind his driver's seat.

Barrett claimed he forgot to unpack after a camping trip, but this wasn't accepted and he was convicted at trial in the magistrates' court.

Richard Gibbs, mitigating, said Barrett was a “helpful, kind individual who does his best to help others,” but who “failed to help himself.”

"He has managed to wean himself away from drugs. He is very lucky to have the support of his girlfriend” he said.

"He found it very difficult to come to terms with what he had done. He is a man with problems who needs help.”

Barrett, 30, of Larwood Crescent, Kirkby, pleaded guilty to the indecent images and cannabis offences at separate hearings.

Judge John Sampson imposed a three year community order and ordered him to attend a programme for sex offenders and 60 rehabilitation requirements. A sexual harm prevention order was made and Barrett was put on the sex offenders register for five years.

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