February 2015

Heacham pensioner had more than 6000 indecent images of children – Avoids prison 

A 70 year-old pensioner who was found with more than 6000 indecent images of children has been given an 18 month suspended jail term and placed on the sex offender’s register.

Jude Durr, prosecuting at Norwich Crown Court, said that police seized computer equipment from the home of Thomas Healey following a raid on April 4, last year, and found he had downloaded 6441 indecent images of children and also had 12 prohibited indecent cartoon images.

Healey, who appeared in court in a wheelchair, of Lodge End, Heacham, admitted making indecent images of children and possessing prohibited images.

After hearing he had a number of health problems, Recorder Maureen Baker imposed a 18 month jail sentence suspended for two years.

He was also placed on the sex offender’s register for 10 years and made subject to a sexual offences prevention order.

She said that despite his initial denials, she said he had got some sort of sexual gratification from the images.

Andrew Cogan, for Healey, said he had a number of health difficulties and deserved credit for his guilty plea.

“He is a 70 year-old man.”