August 2019

Paedophile David Johnston once jailed for sick pictures does it again – but this time he walks free

A paedophile has avoided prison despite being caught with indecent images of children for a second time.

David Johnston, 64, was found with eight category A, nine category B and 13 category C indecent images of children.

Hull Crown Court heard the retired pensioner had passed officers a mobile phone, which was linked to an IP address at his home, after forensics found the pictures had been downloaded from an illegal website.

Prosecutor Edward Moss told the court on Monday the images had not been in their thousands – but it was the second offence committed by Johnston since last appearing in court in 2012.

Johnston, of National Avenue, Hull, pleaded guilty to possessing indecent images of children at an earlier hearing.

Rachel Scott, defending, said Johnston had made full and frank omissions to police after interview and was “deeply ashamed” by his re-offending.

She said: “He knows the courts take a very dim view of these crimes. The defendant is deeply embarrassed and ashamed that he is back before the courts.

“However, due to the fact he received a prison sentence last time, he was not able to benefit from the rehabilitation side of the order.”

He had already received a prison term for the same charge in 2012 and was given a sexual harm prevention order – which the court ordered to continue.

Judge Paul Watson QC sentenced Johnston to undertake a sexual rehabilitation requirement over the next three years.

Judge Watson told him: “You are 64 years of age and these images were not in the thousands but they were still indecent images of children where you find yourself again at these courts.

“I have read the report and will give you the benefit of you being able to work with them [probation workers].”