Pedophile clown found in house with child’s ‘race car bed’
A former children’s entertainer and clown who was caught with thousands of indecent images on his phone did not tell police he had moved to a new town, a court heard.
When officers found Kingsley Perera at his new address – following information received from the Department for Work and Pensions – they found what appeared to be a child’s bedroom in the property, complete with a ‘race car’ bed.
Swansea Crown Court heard the 59-year-old had ‘memory problems’, and the fact that he is required to tell police if he moves ‘has fallen off the radar’.
Perera was jailed for 10 months in December 2020 after capturing nearly 4,000 images of sexually abused and raped children on his mobile phones, including more than 600 so-called Category A photos which show the type of abuse most more extreme. He denied being responsible for uploading the images and at trial sought to blame others – including his own sister – who he said acted out of spite or for their own sexual purposes. As part of his sentence, he was placed on a Sexual Abuse Prevention Order for 10 years and placed on the Sex Offender Register for the same amount of time – under notification requirements he must notify the policy of any new address within three days.
Stephen Rees, prosecuting, told the court that on March 17 this year officers attended a house on Pen-y-Cae Road in Port Talbot following information received from the Department for Work and Pensions. In the driveway of the property was a vehicle insured in the defendant’s name. Officers spent approximately 10 minutes knocking on the front door until the accused looked out the bathroom window.
Officers were admitted to the house and the court heard they were concerned that one of the bedrooms appeared to be a child’s room with a “race car” bed.
Kingsley Perera, now of Pier Street in Swansea’s maritime district, had previously pleaded guilty to breaching sex registration notification requirements when he appeared in the dock for sentencing.
Vince Williams, for Perera, said the defendant was evicted from his former property on Hanover Street in Swansea and then put in touch with a landlord who provided accommodation for ex-convicts. He said in the stress of being homeless and trying to find a place to live, telling the police of the change of address had “fallen off the radar”. He added that while it wasn’t an apology, there was evidence that Perera had “memory issues”.
Judge Wayne Beard said he had read a pre-sentence on the defendant, and it was concerning that he still appeared to maintain his position that he was not guilty of image possession charges. However, he said it was significant that the author of the report concluded that Perera posed a greater risk if he was returned to custody than if he had to undergo a rehabilitation course in the community.
The judge said the offense of failing to comply with notification requirements was serious, but he said ‘it appears the public would be better protected in these circumstances if I imposed a suspended sentence’.
With a one-third reduction for his guilty plea, Perera received a 24-week prison sentence suspended for 18 months and was ordered to complete a rehab requirement with a Maps for Change course for sex offenders.
Sign up for our regular Crime & Punishment newsletter here, while this interactive tool lets you check out the latest crime statistics in your area: