One of Britain’s most revered pilots and a former Red Arrows ace has admitted possessing indecent photos of youngsters. Andrew Cubin MBE, 59, appeared at Swindon Magistrates Court – which heard he has now modified his identify to Andrew Lloyd.
He pleaded responsible to 3 prices of possessing indecent photos of a kid – together with 48 in probably the most severe class. During a 20-year profession within the Royal Air Force, when he was generally known as Andy “Cubes” Cubin, he flew within the Red Arrows.
Prosecutor Keith Ballinger mentioned Wiltshire Police launched an investigation after they obtained data referring to an IP tackle getting used to add photos to the web. He mentioned: “The IP address was found to belong to an address in Malmesbury. Officers attended the address on 17 February last year and arrested Mr Lloyd.”
Speaking on the case on Tuesday Mr Ballinger mentioned the defendant advised the officers “you can take my laptop, I used that”, earlier than stating “I have removed all the images”.
Various gadgets have been seized from the property in Kings Meadow, Crudwell, close to Malmesbury, Wiltshire, together with the laptop computer. Forensic evaluation revealed numerous indecent photos of youngsters – some have been footage and others have been movies.
The court docket heard that 48 Category A photos have been discovered – all of which contain kids partaking in penetrative sexual exercise. 39 Category B photos – which present non-penetrative sexual exercise with a toddler – have been found, and 10 Category C photos have been additionally discovered. He made full admissions In an interview in custody, the court docket heard.
In 2016 he advised how he and his spouse battled in useless to save lots of their tragic 14-year-old daughter who out of the blue died on a sleepover. Mr Ballinger mentioned in interview Lloyd made reference to his daughter. Though defence solicitor Nicholas Wragg interjected, stating: “Is that really necessary?” – ensuing within the prosecutor not persevering with his abstract of the custody interview.
Lloyd, now of Wood Close, Windsor, was advised he should register as a intercourse offender at Bracknell Police Station inside 72 hours. Magistrates dedicated the case to Swindon Crown Court for sentence on 6 May. A pre-sentence report was ordered.
“You’ll be committed to Swindon Crown Court for sentencing. These offences are so serious you need a greater punishment that we can give,” the chair of the bench remarked.
Lloyd was launched on unconditional bail. He flew within the Red Arrows as Red 6, who leads the synchro pairing.
Before qualifying as a quick jet teacher, he flew Jaguars and Hawks. The pilot boasts about having accomplished greater than 500 show flights throughout the UK, the place after he would meet and greet the general public.
Since leaving the RAF in 2002, he has labored for a number of the world’s largest airways as a Captain, flying the Airbus A321, A320 and A319. Lloyd additionally flies stunt planes for an organization.
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