September 2020

Vile pensioner with almost two million indecent images of children walks free from court

The pensioner who had almost two million indecent images of children stored on his computers has walked free from court after receiving a two-year suspended prison sentence.

David Jackson, 73, of Woodmancote, Dursley, was told by a judge he deserved a severe prison sentence.

But Judge Ian Lawrie QC said: “Because of Jackson’s underlying health issues I have concluded that sending him to prison is akin to giving him a death sentence, so I have no choice but to impose a suspended sentence.”

He added: “In normal circumstances I would not hesitate in sending you to prison. But I have seen your medical report which shows you have a number of underlying health issues and restricted mobility.

“You are therefore highly vulnerable and deserve a severe prison sentence but sending you to jail is not an option in case you contract the Covid-19 virus.”

At Gloucester Crown Court Jackson pleaded guilty to making indecent of photographs of children between November 3, 2009 and May 9, 2018 in all three categories of severity – A, B and C – on six computers found at his home address.

Jackson’s computers contained 587 Category A images; 1,794 Category B images and 1,856,704 Category C images, the court was told.

At an earlier hearing the court heard Jackson had some nine million images on his computers but only 1,859,085 were analysed for prosecution purposes.

The judge warned Jackson: “You need to reflect on the fact that your activities and your perverse interest in children are perpetuating the suffering of hundreds of young children around the world.

“Whatever it was that drove you to look at those images you will not be doing it again. I don’t trust you to confront the dark corner of your soul.

“If you squander this opportunity I shall park you in prison.”

Prosecutor Charley Pattison told the court that Jackson originally claimed the images got onto his devices without him realising while he was downloading legitimate material.

Ms Pattison said: “A lot of money has been spent on bringing this case to court as Jackson had denied all of the 17 charges in which we planning for a trial.”

Judge Lawrie interjected: “Jackson has a blatant disregard over his responsibility in all this. He can’t evade the situation any longer.

“He has been ducking and diving for long enough.

Jackson took on calculated efforts to disguise his actions by giving the girls names and categorising them in that way.”

The prosecutor explained that the images had been categorised to form of a library system which had been downloaded over the nine year period.

She said that the children depicted were aged between two and 15 with vaginal penetration of the very youngest being depicted.