Pedophile clown found with ‘race car’ child’s bed in new home
A pedophile clown found with thousands of indecent images of children on his phone did not tell police he had moved to a new town, a court heard.
Authorities tracked down Kingsley Perera at his new address after receiving information from the Department for Work and Pensions, Swansea Crown Court heard.
When officers attended, they discovered what appeared to be a child’s bedroom with a “race car” bed inside, Wales Online Reports.
The 59-year-old claimed he had ‘memory problems’ when asked about his failure to notify police of his move, saying it ‘fell off the radar’.
Former children’s entertainer Perara spent 10 months in jail in December 2020 after being caught with nearly 4,000 images of children being assaulted and raped on his mobile phones, including more than 600 Category A photos of the most extreme abuse .
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.
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