March 2021

Man who had ‘paedophile manual’ and more than 30,000 indecent images of children avoids jail

A paedophile, who owned a book with instructions on how to abuse young girls has been spared jail.

Yousaf Khurshid, 29, was also found with a disgusting haul of 33,487 indecent images of children, 796 prohibited images, and 14 extreme pornographic images.

Police discovered the sickening images on four of his devices after attending his family home in Turton Heights, Bromley Cross, on November 16, 2018.

Upon forensic examination, 3,901 of the indecent images were categorised as category A – the most serious.

Of the other 29,586 indecent images, 10,061 were category B and 19,525 were category C.

When interviewed, Khurshid told police that he had found the images on Tumblr and another website.

He admitted that he had a ‘porn addiction’, which had escalated over the previous two years, and that he ‘wanted help’.

Prosecution barrister Hugh McKee told Bolton Crown Court that the book found in Khurshid’s possession was a ‘paedophile manual’, that went into detail on how to have sex with underage girls.

Khurshid pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images, possession of a paedophile manual, possession of extreme pornographic images, and possession of prohibited images.

Addressing Khurshid in the dock, Judge Graeme Smith said: “It sounds like you have a very promising career ahead of you, therefore it’s particularly disappointing that you’ve offended in this way.

“What makes this case more serious that the majority of those I see is that you had what is described as a paedophile manual, one which suggests you may have moved beyond merely viewing images to carry out some sexual activity with a child.

“You had blinded yourself to the obvious that what you was viewing was the real abuse of real children.”

Judge Smith gave Khurshid a 16 month sentence, suspended for two years.

He added: “I am just persuaded that I can suspend this sentence but it is that close and you should bear that in mind.

“I reach that view because if you go to custody, it would only be for eight months, and due to the current restrictions there will be no opportunity for any meaningful work to be carried out with you.

“In my view, the best way to protect the public is for that work to be carried out, coupled with the other provisions that can only happen in the community.”

A 10-year sexual harm prevention order was imposed on Khurshid, along with a six-month curfew between the hours of 8pm and 7pm.

Khurshid was also ordered to complete 53 rehabilitation activity requirement days.