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A Romanian doctor who skipped bail after being arrested at the Port of Dover for possessing obscene films and indecent images of children has been given a four month prison sentence.
Border Force officers stopped Ioan Boila, 55, from Alba Iulia in Romania in January 2013. They searched his car and found a number of DVDs and VHS videos containing obscene images of animals being tortured.
Boila was arrested for importing indecent or obscene material and interviewed by National Crime Agency border policing investigators. He claimed to be travelling to the UK for a job interview to work as a locum doctor in the NHS.
NCA officers sent the tapes, as well as a computer, smart phone and hard-drive also in his possession for forensic analysis and he was released on bail while investigations were carried out.
Specialist forensic officers had to access the password-protected hard-drive which they found to contain more than seven thousand films of mutilation and sexual activity with animals. Eight films contained scenes of child abuse.
Boila failed to answer bail, but NCA officers obtained a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) and he was arrested by police in Romania and extradited back to the UK in November 2016.
He pleaded guilty to five counts of possessing and importing indecent and obscene images, and was given a four month custodial sentence although he walked free from court has he had already served that time on remand. Boila will remain on the sex offenders register for seven years.
Richard Bowen, from the NCA’s Dover border investigations team, said: "Ioan Boila was in possession of some truly horrific material, including films involving child abuse and the mutilation of animals.
“The fact that he wanted to come to the UK to practice as a doctor makes it even more chilling. He thought he could escape by returning to Romania and refusing to answer bail, but working with the Romanian authorities we were able to get him arrested and extradited back to the UK."
Paul Morgan, Director of Border Force South East and Europe said: "My officers are there to protect our borders against individuals who seek to bring in illegal material such as this. We will continue to work closely with law enforcement agencies such as the NCA to ensure that action is taken against those involved."
An NSPCC spokesman said: "Boila's horrific crimes were made all the worse by his cowardly attempt to flee justice. "Every time someone watches one of these vile videos they create more demand for paedophiles to hurt children.
"We welcome the police's commitment to making him face up to his appalling crimes."
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