Rookley paedophile sentenced after failing to register details

A Rookley paedophile has been ordered to undertake a thinking skills programme as part of an 18-month community order after failing to register with police as required.

David Mark Bradshaw, 65, of Dolcroft Road, appeared at the Isle of Wight Crown Court on Friday.

He admitted failing to comply with the notification requirement of his Sexual Harm Prevention Order, and being in breach of a suspended sentence.

Prosecutor, Philip Allman, told the court Bradshaw had been five days late in registering at the police station — something he is required to do annually.

He had been placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for ten years following a Crown Court appearance on March 6, 2020, for three counts of making indecent images of children after he was found in possession of almost 35,000 pictures.

Bradshaw had been caught after taking his laptop to a computer shop to be repaired, and staff discovered a hidden folder on his hard drive.

Sentence update

Judge Roger Hetherington gave Bradshaw a 12 month custodial sentence, suspended for 24 months.

He was also placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for ten years, placed under a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for ten years.

He must undertake 25 rehabilitation days.

He was also ordered to pay court costs of £425 and a victim surcharge of £90.

Almost 35,000 child abuse images found on Isle of Wight man’s laptop — when he took it to computer repair shop

Almost 35,000 child abuse images were found on a man’s laptop — when he took it to a computer repair shop.

David Bradshaw, 63, of Dolcroft Road, Rookley, appeared at the Isle of Wight Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, where he admitted three counts of making indecent images of children.

He also admitted one count of cannabis possession.

The court heard Bradshaw took his laptop to a computer shop to be repaired.

Staff discovered a folder on his hard drive, taking up a large amount of space, containing images that had been downloaded during the previous six years.

Ann Smout, prosecuting, said: “When they opened the folder, they saw thousands of thumbnail images they suspected showed children being abused.

“They immediately called the police and handed the laptop over.

“Police discovered the laptop contained 34,638 images and videos of children, ranging from category A — the most serious kind — to category C.

“Many of the images were attributed to a username of Dave the Hat.

“He told police he thought he had wiped the hard drive before he sent it to be repaired.

“He said images of 12 to 14-year-old girls had helped him deal with the break-up of a previous relationship.”

When police searched his address, the court heard officers found a number of electronic devices and a small quantity of cannabis.

Bradshaw is due to be sentenced at the Isle of Wight Crown Court on March 6.