August 2015

The wife of a child abuse images pervert went to police after finding indecent images on his computer.

Investigations later found that window cleaner Gavin Murphy, 42, had also created internet profiles in which he pretended to be 14-year-old girls.

But Carlisle Crown Court heard it was not known what the purpose of this was and Murphy was sentenced after admitting charges relating only to the indecent images.

The court heard that his life was now in tatters, with clients deserting him and his marriage in ruins.

Murphy, formerly of Currock Park Avenue, Currock, Carlisle, admitted four counts of making an indecent photograph.

Kim Whittlestone, prosecuting, said: “This is a troubling and worrying case.

“These offences came to light as a result of the defendant’s wife making a report to police that she found indecent images on his computer.

“He was duly reported to the police and interviewed.

“He initially made no comment. His computers were seized and analysed.”

Liz Muir, representing Murphy, said he had lost his wife and his family life and had been evicted from his home following the charges emerging publicly.

She added he had also had his tyres slashed.

“He was working as a window cleaner but people have told him they do not wish him to return to work,” added Miss Muir.

“He is thoroughly ashamed of himself.”

In relation to the creation of the internet profiles, Miss Muir said Murphy’s explanation was he was “lonely” and “wanted people to talk to”.

Judge Peter Hughes QC told Murphy: “Behind these indecent images are real children who have suffered abuse just so that people like you can have sexual gratification from it.”

Murphy was made the subject of a three-year community order, during which he will be under supervision by probation officers.

He must take part in a sex offender treatment programme and was made the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order, which can prevent him taking part in certain activities to stop re-offending.

Murphy was also barred from working with children and vulnerable adults.