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Depraved Man jailed for child abuse images breaches court order by working in Homebase store

Filthy Simon Hosick, who had one of Ulster’s biggest child porn collections, was back in court this week for breaching his Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO)


Simon Hosick who was working in a Homebase store

Simon Hosick who was working in a Homebase store

Simon Hosick who was working in a Homebase store

A pervert, jailed for having more than a million images of kids being abused, was secretly working in Homebase in Bangor, it has emerged.

Filthy Simon Hosick, who had one of Ulster’s biggest child porn collections, was back in court this week for breaching his Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO).

Under the terms of his court ordered SOPO the creep was banned from starting a job which would put him in contact with children without checking with the authorities first.

It emerged this week he had got the job through a recruitment agency and had been working there for six days a week but quit when police became aware.

We approached Homebase for a response. They acknowledged the request but did not comment.

At Newtownards Magistrates Court on Tuesday, 43-year-old Hosick entered a guilty plea to the single count against him of breaching his SOPO in or around 28 August 2019 in that “without reasonable excuse undertook work which exposed you to contact with a child under the age of 16 without the prior approval of your designated risk manager (DRM), an act you were prohibited from performing.”

A prosecuting lawyer outlined how officers were speaking to Hosick when “during the conversation he disclosed that he had a job” at the Homebase store in Bangor, working there six days a week.

“The police asked a number of questions about the job,” said the lawyer, “whether there would be children under 16 in the store and he said there had been.”

It also transpired, she told the court, that Hosick had not disclosed his employment to his DRM.

It’s six years ago this week that Hosick, from the Lower Balloo Road in Groomsport, was jailed for a year and handed his ten year SOPO.

He admitted 20 offences of making and possessing indecent images of children, possessing 10,001 prohibited images of kids and one further charge of having an image of extreme pornography simply titled “horse and blonde” with all the offences occurring on various dates between 4 December 2007 and 7 March 2013.

The offences came to light after Hosick left his computer in for an upgrade and technicians uncovered some images.

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They immediately alerted police who raided the creep’s home the same day, seizing a laptop, computer tower, external hard drive as well as memory sticks and pen drives.

Hosick admitted at the scene “you will find pornography of children on them” and when the devices were examined, cops found “more than a million images” of kids, ranging from four-years-olds to teenagers, being abused and in sexual poses.

There were so many indecent files the indictment that Hosick confessed to was condensed down to 10,000.

While the majority of the still images and movie files were in the least serious categories of levels one and two, in total Hosick also had 128 movies and photographs at levels four and five which, according to legal guidelines, depict penetrative sexual acts involving children, including rape and oral sex, often with elements of sadomasochism.

In addition to the images there were multiple Word documents, including one penned by Hosick, involving sick sexual fantasies about children.

He admitted that he had shared many of the images with other like-minded sickos but the PSNI came in for some heavy criticism by sentencing Judge Piers Grant after he heard that the police did not attempt to identify any of the other paedophiles and merely charged him with possession of the indecent images.

Jailing Hosick for a year and ordering him to spend a further two years on supervised licence conditions, Judge Grant said a “significant group of people” may have evaded prosecution because the police did not conduct a thorough investigation into Hosick’s depraved activities.

In court on Tuesday, defence solicitor Darren Duncan said Hosick had been working in Homebase through a recruitment agency but had immediately given up his job.

He revealed that even the police “were not too sure” if the job would bring him into contact with children under 16 given the nature of the business but despite the doubt, “he stopped working there straight away” and now is a carer for his mother.

Imposing a 12 month conditional discharge, District Judge Mark Hamill said he wasn’t sure that the nature if the work would have breached the SOPO but “it’s the failure to communicate [with his DRM], that’s the issue.”

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