May 2020

Laptop and spy camera lands convicted sex offender back in prison

A convicted sex offender is back behind bars after being caught with an undeclared laptop and spy-camera disguised as a torch.

David McKay’s illicit haul of digital devices were discovered during a routine police inspection to ensure he was abiding by the terms of his sexual harm prevention order (SHPO).

The 68-year-old is banned from owning devices that can access the internet unless he registers them with the police after he was convicted in 2012 for possessing indecent images, voyeurism and stealing female underwear.

Two years ago he was jailed at Teesside Crown Court after he admitted three charges of making indecent images – totalling 54,008, possessing a paedophile manual, breaching the SHPO and failing to comply with the requirements of sex offender notification.

McKay was back at the same court where he was jailed for 24 weeks in custody as a result of the search of his home on Londonderry Road, Stockton, in March.

Dr Chris Wood, prosecuting, said McKay told officers he was ‘too lazy’ to register his new laptop, which was discovered hidden under his bed.

A further search of his property led to the discovery of the torch, computer hard drives and two iPods.

The defendant pleaded guilty to a single charge of breaching his SHPO in connection with the laptop.

Alex Bousfield, for McKay, said his client had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.

Passing sentence, Judge Jonathan Carroll called for answers as to why the computer equipment had not been analysed to discover whether they contained any illegal content.

He said: “I find it remarkable to discover that at this point it is not known whether the police have examined those hard drives or have any intention to do so.”

June 2018

Pervert amassed collection after moving to Stockton from Durham

A pervert caught with more than 50,000 indecent images of children has been jailed for three years.

David McKay’s sick collection of pictures and videos included babies as young as nine months being abused.

Police discovered the images along with an Australian passport when they visited McKay at his new home in Stockton as part of a monitoring programme from an earlier conviction for similar offences.

McKay, 66, then living in Gilesgate Moor, Durham, was jailed for two years and given a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) in 2012 for possessing indecent images, voyeurism and stealing female underwear.

After being released, he was moved to Hartington Road in Stockton and almost immediately started downloading filth from the internet.

At Teesside Crown Court he admitted three charges of making indecent images – totalling 54,008 – possessing 18 prohibited images and one of extreme pornography, possessing a paedophile manual, breaching the SOPO and failing to comply with the requirements of sex offender notification.

His barrister, Amrit Jandoo, admitted the offences were “alarming”, and told the court that McKay had a heart attack last year, and got pneumonia a week ago while on remand.

Judge Simon Bourne-Arton, QC, told him: “It is clear you are in a fragile way and any period of immediate custody is going to be very difficult for you to serve.”

April 2018

Stockton sex offender downloaded more than 54,000 indecent images of children

A SEX offender breached the terms of a restrictive order put in place to curb his online activities, by collating tens of thousands of indecent images of children.

David John McKay is at risk of a further prison sentence after admitting breaching an unlimited Sexual Offences Prevention Order (Sopo), imposed when he was first jailed, at Durham Crown Court, in September 2012.

The, then 60-year-old defendant, of Gilesgate Moor, Durham, received a two-year sentence at that hearing for offences including possessing indecent child images, voyeurism and theft of female underwear, described by Judge Christopher Prince, at the time, as, “profoundly disturbing behaviour”.

Appearing back at the court after he was found to have downloaded more than 54,000 offending images, between April 2015 and October last year, he admitted breaching the terms of the 2012 Sopo by being in possession of a smart phone and an iPad, from which he was prohibited by the order.

He also admitted three counts of making indecent images of children, possessing prohibited images of children, relating to eight encrypted images, possessing extreme pornography and possessing a paedophile manual, offering guidance about abusing children sexually.

McKay, now 66, of Hartington Road, Stockton, is also to be sentenced after previously admitting breaching the requirements of notification as a sex offender, by possessing an Australian passport.

Having read an earlier psychiatric report on the defendant, in which McKay denied most of the alleged behaviour, Recorder Eric Elliott said there has now been a, “fundamental change in circumstances, and attitude”, by his admissions, which may affect the ultimate sentence.

Recorder Elliott, therefore, adjourned for preparation of an updated report, by the author of the previous psychiatric assessment, and remanded McKay in custody to a date to be confirmed.