A Romanian doctor who skipped bail after being arrested for possessing indecent images of children and extreme pornography has been given a prison sentence.
Border Force officers at Dover stopped Ioan Boila, 55, from Alba Iulia in Romania in January 2013. In his car officers found a number of DVDs and VHS videos. The DVDs contained obscene images of women torturing animals.
Boila (pictured) 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 bailed pending these enquiries.
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 on Tuesday 7 March at Canterbury Crown Court he was given a four month custodial sentence and placed 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.”