A former Liberal Democrat council leader who was jailed for a 'stomach-churning' stash of child abuse images today walked free despite flouting an internet ban.
The married-father-of-two was handed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order that barred him from accessing any online groups, message boards, or instant messaging software that contained 'images, movies, or discussion about pornography of any kind'.
But he breached the order on multiple occasions between 24 April and 8 November 2015 by accessing and discussing adult pornography on a gaming site and apps including Tumblr and Chat Random.
Southwark Crown Court heard that Osbourne has not committed any offences relating to child abuse images since his release.
Today, he walked free from court despite the breach of the order.
Prosecutor Beverley Akinbile said: "On the 10 May the defendant was committed for sentence from South West Magistrates' Court for three charges of a breach of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
"There's a programme on the defendant's computer which allowed them to monitor any inappropriate use - that programme would capture information in a snapshot and indicate if there were any concerns."The police were informed that there were concerns and they attended the address of the defendant and seized his computer." Their investigation revealed that Osbourne had had three sessions on adult gaming sites that contained images of real and virtual adult porn on 24 April 2015.He then had 10 discussions on Tumblr and Chat Random involving adult pornography, and accessed three pornographic images and a movie between 28 September and 8 November 2015.Although none of the breaches involved child abuse images, Judge Alistair Mc Creath noted: "He has no control over the content that he will view, listen to, or engage in discussion about." When Judge Mc Creath jailed him in 2013, he decried Osbourne's 'appalling' images of child abuse.He said: "Those images are of real children suffering real abuse, not some electronic construct."All of these children were subjected to abuse of some kind or another, some of it truly appalling.