|Daniel Bessell was sentenced to 17-months in |
prison and was ordered to sign the sex offenders
register for 10 years
Bessell, of Willesborough, Kent
A PERVERT has been jailed when a pub landlord found child pornography on his phone after a bar room brawl.
Daniel Bessell was spotted topping up his glass with alcohol he had smuggled into the pub during a busy evening of live music.
When landlord Ian Rampton approached Bessell for drinking cans bought from an off-licence, Bessell swung a punch at him.
Staff later discovered 'horrible, disgusting and awful' indecent photos of children on a mobile phone the thug had left behind on a table in the The Albion pub in Ashford, Kent.
Judge Simon James at Canterbury Crown Court sentenced Bessell to 17-months in prison and he will also be required to sign the sex offenders register for 10-years.
Mr Rampton said: “If he hadn’t hit me and been thrown out, he wouldn’t have left the phone, and we wouldn’t have found the pictures.
"I don’t mind being smacked for that.”
The father-of-three recalled the night of the incident in November 2014: “There was a man standing alone by the band.
"He looked like a bit of an oddball, and he kept turning around and going into his bag.”
Mr Rampton asked Bessell to stop drinking and after Bessell mumbled a reply he was then told to leave the premises.
He continued: “He then punched me in the left eye, catching my glasses.
“I bundled him out of the pub – a few regulars saw what happened and helped.”
Once Bessell was outside the pub, he is said to have desperately tried to re-enter claiming he needed to find his girlfriend.
However when reflecting on the evening Mr Rampton believes he wanted to find his mobile.
After providing a police statement Mr Rampton returned to the pub at around 12.30am, when staff said they found a mobile and they suspected it be Mr Bessell's.
Mr Rampton said they searched through the photographs to try and work out who the owner was.
He said: “We saw a few pictures of women at first, but kept looking to see if there was one of the owner.
"That is when we found the child images.”
Police Officers discovered a second phone belonging to Bessell which also contained indecent images.