Lawyer, 35, caught with 15,000 obscene images of children avoids jail

Lawyer, 35, caught with 15,000 obscene images of children avoids jail

11/02/2020

Lawyer, 35, working for Queen’s bank Coutts avoids jail after being caught with more than 15,000 obscene pictures of children

  • Mohamed Ismail, 35, had over 15,000 indecent images and videos of children 
  • The lawyer at Queen’s banker Coutts has admitted distributing material online
  • He was given a 16-month term, suspended for 18-months, and must pay £100

A 35-year-old lawyer working for the Queen’s bank Coutts has avoided prison after being caught with more than 15,000 obscene pictures and videos of children. 

Mohamed Ismail, 35, from Chelsea, admitted having more than 1,300 videos and images that fall into the most serious category ‘A’. 

The solicitor also hoarded 221 videos and 2476 still images, categorised as B. 

Ismail also admitted distributing indecent videos and images of children online, Southwark Crown Court heard.

Mohamed Ismail, 35, from Chelsea, admitted having more than 1,300 videos and images that fall into the most serious category ‘A’

The former banking lawyer has been removed from his post at Coutts, which boasts a cash machine at Buckingham Palace and dates back to the 17th century. 

Rochelle Collins, defending, said: ‘He essentially has just been approved for universal credit. He’s had a number of interviews and has not heard anything.’

Ismail was handed a 16 month sentence, suspended for 18 months and ordered to pay £100 costs.

He was also made subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, prohibiting him from using internet browsers or messaging apps which do not save their history.

Coutts, the Queen’s bank, confirmed that Ismail was no longer employed following the grim discovery on his computer

Coutts is even older than the Bank of England which was founded two years later in 1694.

Coutts which used to be called Campbell Bank, was set up by John Campbell in London’s Strand in 1692.

Its first bank outside the capital was opened in Eton in 1961.

Coutts used designers Ozwald Boateng and Stella McCartnet to design credit and debit cards.

Buckingham Palace has a Coutts cash machine.’ 

Ismail will also be required to submit any electronic devices for inspection by the police upon request.

Judge Michael Grieve said: ‘It imposes considerable restrictions on his use of the internet, software programmes, and he must make his devices available to the police.

‘I’m satisfied that the making of the order is necessary for the protection of the public from sexual harm.

‘In particular children, going as close as one can to preventing him from accessing this type of material in the future.

‘It is an offence to breach the terms of the order, which carries a sentence of up to five years.’

Wearing a large black puffer coat in the dock, Ismail, of Sloane Court West, Chelsea, admitted three counts of downloading indecent images of children and three of distributing indecent images of children.

A spokesperson for NatWest, which owns Coutts, said: ‘We can confirm that the individual is no longer employed by the bank.’ 

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