‘House of death’ - Hartlepool child porn loner’s chilling ‘snuff movie’ threats to police officer’s family

Teesside Crown Court.
Teesside Crown Court.
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A loner threatened the family of a police officer who investigated him for downloading indecent images of children.

Anthony Handley’s chilling messages included claims that “he kills people” and that he wanted to create a snuff movie and a “house of death”.

Handley researched the officer’s surname online and was able to find his cousin and the name of his mother, Teesside Crown Court heard.

He left more than a dozen chilling messages on the cousin’s YouTube page, said prosecutor Jenny Haigh.

“Some of these were directed at the cousin and her family,” Ms Haigh added. “Others referred more directly to the officer.

“Handley named an address where the cousin used to live, and said he would turn it into a ‘house of death’.

“Another message read: ‘I like horror movies, we can make one together, it would be a snuff movie’.

“The defendant messaged that he had been following the cousin, that he would visit soon, and that he kills people.”

The court heard Handley used the messages to accuse the officer of planting evidence, telling him: “I will win what I have planned outside of the law, got that?”

Handley, 54, formerly of Dyke House, Hartlepool, now of no fixed abode, admitted two offences of making indecent images of children between August, 2013, and December of last year.

He admitted sending a malicious message and taking revenge, both between April and May of this year.

Michael Bosomworth, defending, said in mitigation: “The indecent photographs are the least of Mr Handley’s problems.

“The YouTube message offences are far more serious.

“He is a loner who suffered abuse as a child, leaving him very mixed up about all sexual matters.

“The content of messages will have been very distressing for the recipient, but the reality is Mr Handley rarely leaves the house.

“He clearly has mental health problems, it may be the court will require a report about that before he can be sentenced.”

The Recorder, Mr Anton Lodge QC, adjourned passing sentence for the preparation of a psychiatrist’s report.

Handley was remanded in custody.

He is due to be sentenced on October 5.