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Parents of teenage hacker who admitted helping him to be sentenced

Convicted Norwich hacker Elliott Gunton.  Photo: East Anglia News Service

Convicted Norwich hacker Elliott Gunton. Photo: East Anglia News Service

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The parents of a convicted teenage hacker from Norwich who admitted helping him by moving ill-gotten cryptocurrency from a seized bitcoin wallet are due to be sentenced today (Wednesday).

Nineteen-year-old Elliott Gunton was jailed for 20 months in August for hacking offences and money laundering.

He was previously convicted of hacking TalkTalk when he was 16.

Although he was given a prison sentence last month he was immediately released as he had already served the time while on remand.

He was ordered to pay back more than £400,000.

His mother, Carlie Gunton, 44, of Mounteney Close, Norwich, appeared at Norwich Crown Court on Monday and pleaded guilty to transferring criminal property.

The court heard that between August 3 2018 and September 6 2018 she "transferred cryptocurrency by means of moving those funds beyond the controls of a seized hardware wallet, knowing or suspecting it to represent in whole or in part and whether directly or indirectly the proceeds of criminal conduct".

Gunton's father, Jason Gunton, 45, of Sunderland Close, Norwich, admitted the same charge at an earlier hearing. He also admitted perverting the course of justice.

Both are due to return to court on Wednesday to be sentenced.

Judge Stephen Holt said Carlie Gunton's guilty plea was "on the basis she was helping her teenage son".

He told her: "Your involvement was down to misguidedly helping your son.

"Although it may well have crossed the custody threshold, immediate prison isn't required in this case."

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