April 2018

OAP widower caught with vile toddler abuse images asked: “What would your wife say?”

An 81-year-old widower caught with vile images of toddlers being abused shook his head when a judge asked: “What would your wife say?”

Pervert Henry King used sophisticated internet software to download videos and pictures of little girls between being sexually assaulted – claiming it was because he was “bored”.

The pensioner was handed a nine month prison sentence, suspended for two years, at Liverpool Crown Court today after admitting making (downloading) 163 indecent images of children.

Judge David Aubrey, QC, passing sentence, told the shamed OAP: “You are, with the greatest of respect, a rather isolated, lonely man in consequence of the fact that your sisters are now deceased and also your wife passed away in 2007.

“But if she were alive, what would she say of you? You state in a document that you provided to this court: ‘My good name is completely ruined, I completely hang my head in shame because of this’.

“This court has no doubt that your good name is completely ruined.”

Chris Taylor, prosecuting, told the court Merseyside Police received intelligence that led to a search warrant being executed at King’s address in Oakhurst Close, Gateacre, on July 26 last year.

He said: “Initially he was reluctant to allow the officers in but once shown the search warrant, he complied and allowed them in.

“There was a search and computer equipment was recovered. He told the officers he used the computer to access a website…for images, but not for films.”

Mr Taylor said analysis of the computer equipment revealed 46 videos and 30 images rated as Category A – the most serious in law – along with 39 rated as Category B and 48 as Category C.

The court heard King was arrested and told police his wife had died in 2007 and that he was “bored most of the time”.

King, who has no previous convictions, claimed that he used the website for “company” rather than sexual gratification.

But police experts uncovered a specialist Tor web browser and a programme for “shredding” files on his computer.

King was ordered to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years and handed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, severely restricting his internet use, for the same period.