September 2011

Child sexual abuse images pervert cabbie snared after leaving his phone at Manchester Airport

A taxi driver who had an addiction to ‘vile’ child sexual pictures was caught out when he left his mobile phone at Manchester Airport.

David King, 50, put the phone down while he wrote out a signboard at Terminal 3 arrivals, where he was meeting a passenger.

He left the airport before realising what he had done. In a panic he telephoned to see if it had been handed in.

King was told it was safe in the lost property office and, to prove it was his, was asked to give the security PIN to have it unlocked.

A shocked member of airport staff then saw it contained a large number of pornographic images.

Police were called, and King was arrested. King pleaded guilty to 32 offences of possession of pornographic images and pictures at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court. He was given a three-month community order and told he must sign the sex offenders’ register.

Kate Hammond, prosecuting, said King’s mobile had been found to have pornographic pictures of girls aged between eight and 14, and obscene video clips.

Peter Barnett, defending, said King – of Mason Street, Chester – had confessed what he had done to his family. His relationship with his wife was now over. Judge Leslie Hull, sentencing, said the pictures in question were ‘vile’.