AN ABERBARGOED man, who did not tell his employer about two previous convictions, has avoided an immediate jail term despite activating a suspended sentence.

Nigel Walton, 56, of Bedwellty Road, appeared at Cardiff Crown Court on Friday, November 24 having previously pleaded guilty to fraud.

The court heard that Walton was previously convicted for offences of possession indecent images of children in 2005 and 2016.

He received a community punishment of a rehabilitation order at Bristol Crown Court 12 years ago, and a 16 month sentence suspended for 24 months at Winchester Crown Court last year.

Prosecuting, Clare Wilks told the court that Walton had successfully applied for a job with the Newydd Housing Association and started work on July 27.

But in the space of the week, on August 3, Walton requested a meeting following with his manager, Sally Thomas, the HR manager at the housing association, the court heard.

“The defendant requested a confidential meeting with his manager and a witness,” said Ms Wilks.

“Then on August 4, he admitted to his manager his previous. He was immediately dismissed.”

Ms Wilks added that Walton explained why he failed to include his previous convictions when he initially applied for the job.

“He said he was desperate for work. He had been previously unsuccessful in finding work,” said Ms Wilks.

“He thought he was a low risk. He said he was sorry and it was a poor decision.”

Defending, Stephen Thomas told the court that the fraudulent nature of the offence was rare in the sense that it did not involve money.

“It is not financial in this case. The fraud matter relates to protection of the public,” he said.

Mr Thomas added that Walton’s actions were not motivated by a desire to work in a role which involved children or young people.

“This does not seem to be an attempt to put himself in any contact with children. In fact, quite the opposite,” said the barrister.

Concluding, recorder Eleri Rees told the court that although she would not activate the suspended sentence, Walton had put himself in a predicament of all his own making.

“You put yourself in a very difficult position by your breach of your suspended sentence by committing a further offence,” said Ms Rees.

Walton received 40 hours of unpaid work and a three year community order linked to the sexual offenders treatment programme.

Ms Rees ordered the defendant to pay a victim surcharge of £85, and warned Walton of the consequences if he commits a similar deceptive act.

“Make sure you comply with the community requirement to the letter,” she said, “you have put yourself at great risk if you do not abide by it.”