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kept in dark Pervert furniture salesman shuts up shop after being jailed for child pornography

Before he was sentenced Sherrard told the Sunday World he thought he would receive a suspended sentence

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Roland Sherrard, had the rug pulled from under him when reporter Steven Moore confronted him

Roland Sherrard, had the rug pulled from under him when reporter Steven Moore confronted him

Roland Sherrard, had the rug pulled from under him when reporter Steven Moore confronted him

It’s curtains for pervert furniture salesman Roland Sherrard after he had to close his shop when he was jailed this week.

We can reveal the 52-year-old – caught with 116,000 images of children being sexually abused – had believed he would receive a suspended sentence.

Last week before he was sentenced, Sherrard told the Sunday World he hoped to keep his business running and hoped he would avoid going to jail after pleading guilty to a raft of offences.

But a judge this week at Antrim Crown Court had other ideas and carpeted the pervert – sending him to jail for 28 months, though only half of that will be spent behind bars.

His Select Furnishings shop, on Main Street Limavady, was shut on Friday and yesterday, with customers who had made orders for furniture in the dark about what would happen next.

In court on Thursday, a woman who was with Sherrard looked stunned as Judge Richard Greene QC, who jailed the 52-year-old for 14 months with the same period to be spent on licence, outlined how he had searched, downloaded and shared a video of a “small toddler,” just two or three years old, being raped.

Sherrard, from Castle Gardens in Limavady, was also ordered to sign the police sex offenders register for ten years after he entered guilty pleas to a total of 27 images including 16 of possessing indecent images of children, six of having extreme pornography, four of possessing prohibited images of children and a single count of distributing indecent images of children, committed between 2014 and 2018.

Lodging a plea in mitigation last week, defence counsel Stephen Mooney said Sherrard had been subjected to the “corrupting influence of the internet at a very late stage in his life”.

Jailing Sherrard on Thursday, Judge Green said the distribution aspect was a “serious aggravating feature” especially as it involved a toddler, adding that the guidelines were clear when it came to such “particularly repugnant” material.

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