May 2021

Pensioner claimed he ‘didn’t know sickening child abuse images on his laptop were illegal’

A paedophile pensioner has escaped jail after police found more then a thousand pictures of extreme porn and sickening images of child abuse on his laptop.

Philip Sansby, 71, claimed he didn’t know the pictures were illegal

Following a tip-off, police raided his home in Hyde in September 2019 and, when officers suggested he had downloaded and shared indecent images of children, Sansby told them: “I downloaded it but I scrubbed it off.”

Officers seized his Toshiba laptop and a number of hard drives.

When he voluntarily attended a police station for an interview the following month, he admitted visiting porn websites and also downloading adult porn, prosecutor Nicola Carroll told Minshull Street Crown Court

However, he denied any sexual interest in children, insisting he had accidentally downloaded indecent images of kids on more than one occasion, the court was told.

Analysis of his laptop revealed ‘category A’ indecent images of children aged between 10 and 16 and one 23 minute video featuring an horrific sex act on a child aged under 16

The analysis also showed a series of files, which had been emptied of any pictures or videos, with names like ‘paedo real kids f******’.

Police found 1,099 images and a small number of videos of extreme pornography on his computer, some of it featuring animals.

Following the discoveries, Sansby went on to make ‘full admissions’ to police, sad Ms Carroll.

He told officers he didn’t know it was illegal to possess such images.

He confessed to visiting ‘pre-teen’ websites.

The judge said he was able to suspend the prison sentence after hearing about the ‘remorse’ of the defendant.

He said he hoped the defendant could get help to ‘cure you of this sickness’

Sansby, of Bradley Green Road in Hyde, was handed a suspended 12-month sentence after he had pleaded guilty to possessing indecent photographs of children and possessing extreme pornography.

He was also ordered to complete 20 days of rehabilitation activity and was placed on the sex offenders’ register for ten years.

Sansby was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order and was told to pay £510 towards prosecution costs.