A VILE pervert who filmed himself sexually abusing a baby girl has been jailed for 12 years.

The owners of Martin Hunt’s former home in Southcroft Road, Kirby Cross, tipped off police when they found a disc with sickening images on, hidden behind kitchen units.

Hunt, 24, was eventually tracked down when police found indecent images at a paedophile’s house in Kent and a trail of emails linking him to the abuse.

Judge Patricia Lynch QC jailed him for 12 years and gave him an extended licence of eight years when he appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court.

It means he could be recalled to prison if he offends again within 20 years of his release.

He will serve at least nine years in prison before he is considered for parole.

Judge Lynch described the abuse as appalling and horrendous.

The judge praised Det Sgt Katie Mead and the investigation for their efforts to track Hunt down.

Hunt was caught after police arrested a man in Kent in December, 2013, on suspicion of sexually abusing two young girls.

Officers found an email from Hunt in which he admitted sexually abusing a girl he had sent pictures of.

Miss Pigot said the owners of Hunt’s former house found a disc containing indecent images during redecorating works.

Hunt admitted 19 charges, including sexual assault and making, distributing and possessing indecent images.