Febuary 2012

Paedophile angling centre owner forfeits crime cash

A PAEDOPHILE from Bretby jailed last year for possessing indecent images of the children has now been stripped of £7,000.

At a hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA), Derby magistrates made a forfeiture order to recover £7,000 from Nigel Mullarkey. He was also ordered to pay £200 costs.

Mullarkey, of Newton Lane, Bretby, was handed a four-year jail sentence last August after pleading guilty to 20 counts of taking and making indecent photographs of children.

He was given a Sexual Offences Prevention Order and disqualified from working with children.

The case against the 58-year-old began in October 2009 when staff at an angling centre he owned in Alvaston, Derby, found DVDs and videos containing indecent images of children.

When officers searched the shop, they found £10,464 in the same cupboard as the indecent images and seized it while the investigation continued.

It was found that £3,464 was legitimate shop takings and so a case was made to strip Mullarkey of the remaining £7,000.

A court was told Mullarkey’s camera was used to photograph a Vietnamese girl being sexually abused — she appeared to be under 10 years old.

A man could be partly seen on the photograph, though it was impossible to say it was Mullarkey.

Judge Andrew Hamilton said another 10 photographs were found on Mullarkey’s Nikon camera and police found around 2,900 pornographic pictures on his computer.

The POCA gives courts the power to confiscate cash and assets if offenders cannot prove they have obtained them legitimately.