Paedophile ex-Red Arrows ace, 59, who was honoured with an MBE for his 20-year RAF career could face up to five years in jail after admitting possessing indecent images of children
- Ex-RAF captain Andrew Cubin, 59, admitted having indecent images of children
- The former Red Arrows ace appeared at Swindon Magistrates Court yesterday
- He faces up to five years in prison after investigators seized nearly 100 images
- Cubin, now named Andrew Lloyd, of Windsor, is due to be sentenced on May 6
One of Britain’s most decorated pilots and a former Red Arrows ace has pleaded guilty to possessing nearly 100 indecent images of children.
Andrew Cubin MBE, 59, appeared at Swindon Magistrates Court via videolink yesterday, which heard that he has since changed his name to Andrew Lloyd.
He pleaded guilty to three charges of possessing indecent images of a child – including 48 in the most serious category.
During a 20-year career in the Royal Air Force, when he was known as Andy ‘Cubes’ Cubin, he flew in the Red Arrows.
Prosecutor Keith Ballinger said Wiltshire Police launched an investigation after they received information relating to an IP address being used to upload images to the internet.
‘The IP address was found to belong to an address in Malmesbury’, he said.
Andrew Cubin, 59, flew in the Red Arrows as Red 6 leading the synchronised pairing
Having changed his surname to Lloyd, he has pleaded guilty to three charges of possessing indecent images of a child
‘Officers attended the address on February 17 last year and arrested Mr Lloyd.’
Mr Ballinger said the defendant told the officers ‘you can take my laptop, I used that’, before stating ‘I have removed all the images’.
Various items were seized from the property near Malmesbury, Wiltshire, including the laptop.
Forensic analysis revealed a number of indecent images of children – some were pictures and others were videos.
The court heard that 48 Category A images were found – all of which involve children engaging in penetrative sexual activity.
39 Category B images – which show non-penetrative sexual activity with a child – were discovered, and ten Category C images were also found.
He made full admissions in an interview in custody, the court heard.
In 2016, Lloyd hit headlines when he described how he and his wife battled in vain to save their 14-year-old daughter who suddenly died on a sleepover, later raising over £64,000 for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance Trust.
Mr Ballinger said that during the police interview, Lloyd made a reference to his daughter.
This mention was opposed by defence solicitor Nicholas Wragg, who said: ‘Is that really necessary?’
Cubin appeared at Swindon Magistrates Court yesterday where he pleaded guilty to the three charges
Former RAF captain Cubin will be sentenced at Swindon Crown Court on May 6
Lloyd, now living in Windsor, Berkshire, was told that he must register as a sex offender at Bracknell Police Station within 72 hours.
Magistrates committed the case to Swindon Crown Court for sentencing on May 6. A pre-sentence report will also be prepared.
Lloyd, who was released on unconditional bail, flew in the Red Arrows as Red 6 leading the synchronised pairing.
Before qualifying as a fast jet instructor, he flew Jaguars and Hawks.
The pilot has boasted in the pastabout having completed more than 500 display flights across the UK, where after he would meet and greet the public.
Since leaving the RAF in 2002, he has worked for some of the world’s biggest airlines as a Captain, flying the Airbus A321, A320 and A319.
Lloyd also flies stunt planes for a company.
Outside of aviation, Lloyd describes himself as having an ‘infused a passion for photography’.
On his profile, he claims to have a commercial and wedding photography business and teaches photography workshops in Wiltshire.