September 2016

Pervert jailed for ‘horrific and depraved’ child abuse images


A man who searched “underage jail bait” has been sent to prison after more than 2,500 child abuse images were found on his home computer.

Craig Murphy admitted having 655 of the most serious Category A images on his hard drive, showing adult men abusing children – from babies to 12-year-old girls.

Sentencing at Cardiff Crown Court on Wednesday, Judge Thomas Crowther QC described the images as “truly horrific”.

The 26-year-old from Newport pleaded guilty to five counts during a hearing at Gwent Magistrates’ Court last month.

Prosecutor Heath Edwards said police searched Murphy’s home in Durham Road on August 17 while he was at work nearby.

Analysis of his computer revealed 655 Category A images, which show adults having sex with children.

Police also found 670 Category B images and 1,184 Category C images.

The court heard officers found a total of 2,509 images, including 343 videos of child abuse, and one video showing a young woman being raped.

Mr Edwards said: “There were a concerning number of images showing the abuse of children under the age of two.”

Police found the defendant’s search terms included “underage jail bait”.

Murphy was arrested and interviewed at Ystrad Mynach Police Station where he told officers he was single and lived alone.

The prosecutor said: “He initially denied searching for child porn but later accepted he was in the grip of an internet addiction.”

Judge Crowther imposed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Murphy was jailed for 16 months for three counts of making indecent images of children, one count of possessing prohibited images of children, and one count of possessing an extreme pornographic image.