April 2021

‘Depressed’ bedbound paedo said he ‘needed help’ when caught with 24,000 sick child abuse images

A bedbound paedophile was “depressed” and “isolated” when he collected more than 24,000 child abuse images, a court was told.

Police found Paul Murphy in possession of the sickening material when they attended his home in January last year.

The 35-year-old told officers that he had in excess of 100 images which he described as being “bad” and he needed “help”.

He’s now dodged an immediate prison sentence.

Jonathan Gittins, prosecuting, told Teesside Crown Court how there were 736 category A images – the most serious.

Murphy also had 8,145 category B images, 5,339 category C images, 1,253 prohibited images and one of extreme pornography.

Mr Gittins said Murphy told police that he had been accessing the indecent images for about one year.

He told the court: “He stated he would access them daily, particularly if he was feeling depressed.”

Mr Gittins said that Murphy explained how he would search for images on the web and the dark web.

He said: “He stated he knew it was against the law and he did know what motivated him to do so.”

Murphy, of Nairn Close, Darlington, pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent photographs of a child.

He also admitted possessing prohibited images and possessing an extreme pornographic image.

Judge Ashurst sentenced Murphy to 12 months in prison suspended for two years.

He also ordered him to complete 30 rehabilitation activity requirement days.

Murphy will have to abide by a sexual harm prevention order and notification requirements for 10 years.