April 2021

Leeds paedophile caught with 1,300 sick images of children refused to give police passwords

A paedophile refused to give his passwords to police after being caught with more than 1,000 sick images of children.

Marc Roberts-Allday was caught with more than 1,300 images of child abuse on a computer tower and refused to give up his passwords for other devices.

The 52-year-old former IT worker was handed a suspended sentence today (Friday) after pleading guilty to three counts of having indecent photographs of children.

Police executed a search warrant at the defendant’s home in Miles Hill Terrace in Chapel Allerton, Leeds, on the morning of March 20 last year.

Prosecutor David Hall said a Dell computer tower was seized and analysed but other devices could not be as they were password-protected and the defendant refused to disclose any passwords.

He said 1,256 images were in the most serious category and some of the content showed sexual activity between young boys.

Allday-Roberts had no convictions prior to this case.

Three people who know the defendant provided the court with character references.

Leeds Crown Court heard he attempted to take his own life after a letter was accidentally sent from the magistrates court to a neighbour who opened it.

Roberts-Allday was handed a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, with requirements to complete 30 days of rehabilitation activity and 100 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years and made subject to a 10-year sexual harm prevention order.