Published: 00:01, 07 December 2016
A sex offender got a ticking off from a judge - after sitting in the dock during a case hugging a large doll.
Defendant Jorven Seren, who is said to believe she is a five-year-old girl, was born a man but asked to be addressed as a woman.
The court heard she was arrested after being seen kissing a child outside a cafe in Thanet.
The victim’s distressed mother spoke to members of a local church who had contacted police about Seren’s odd behaviour.
And when police went to Seren’s home in Grotto Hill in Margate they discovered that on her mobile phone were more than 460 disgusting images of child sex.
Canterbury Crown Court heard that the 55-year-old claimed that a known paedophile, who has since died, persuaded her to download the images.
But Judge Adele Williams banned Seren from keeping the doll in the dock after telling her barrister Paul Hogben: “That is totally inappropriate and I make it plain she will not be doing that for the rest of the hearing!”
But Seren spent the rest of the case sucking her thumb.
Judge Williams heard that although psychiatrists concluded she has personality problems she did not have any mental illness and jailed her for a total of 15 months.
Prosecutor Vivian Walters told how in April last year members of a local church had contacted officers after becoming concerned about Seren’s behaviour towards children.
Police had a meeting with Seren and noted “some items of concern” in her home.
Sometime later the victim’s mother saw Seren trying to get the attention of her very young child and later saw her child being kissed on the lips.
Ms Walters said the mother later described it as “a prolonged peck” and immediately took the child away after becoming “deeply shocked” by the incident.
In July last year Seren was arrested and officers found the images on her computer which she claimed had been downloaded by a man known to police as a paedophile.
Seren had pleaded guilty to indecent assault and downloading illegal child images.
Mr Hogben told the judge: “I am sure looking at this defendant and the offences which she has admitted there is a great deal of concern.
“There are no mental health issues but there are personality disorders. Miss Seren was born a man but since an early age felt she is more a woman than a man.”
The court heard how Seren thinks she is a five-year-old girl and is regarded as “highly vulnerable”.
Judge Williams told him: “I know it will be difficult for you to serve a custodial sentence but I have a duty to protect the public and especially young children.”
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