A suspended 26-week sentence on former Plaid Cymru Assembly Member Simon Thomas has been criticised as being “ridiculously lenient” by Andrew R T Davies (Conservative AM for South Wales Central – which includes Penarth) .
Simon Thomas – who resigned his seat in July as AM for Mid and West Wales – received a “suspended sentence” – (meaning that he does not have to go to jail) after pleading guilty to making more than 500 illegal photographs and 77 videos .
Mold Magistrates’ Courts heard the indecent photographs were found on his tablet and mobile phone – which included almost 100 of the most serious category.
Andrew RT Davies is now urging the Attorney General to review the case. Mr Davies says “This sentence is absurd given the horrific nature of the crimes.”
Simon Thomas had also served as a Plaid MP for Ceredigion from 2000 to 2005.
The judge at Simon Thomas’s trial Justice Gwyn Jones decided not to impose an immediate custodial term. He told Thomas “You have lost your good character, you have caused a significant amount of pain and trauma to your family and, to put it bluntly, a significant fall from grace” .
Thomas will have to attend a rehabilitation course involving counselling and will be subject to a sexual harm prevention order for 7 years. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £115 surcharge.