May 2021

OAP paedophile said child rape ‘just popped up’ on his computer

An OAP paedophile lied to police saying images of sickening child rape “just popped up” on his computer.

David Morana claimed the 1,773 images of child sex abuse found after a raid at his home had just appeared when he used the internet.

The 71-year-old’s computer tower and an external hard drive were analysed and officers discovered he had also searched for “young girls” and “very young girls”.

In response to his claim a Liverpool judge told him “things don’t just pop up 1,773 times”.

Chery Mottram, prosecuting at Liverpool Crown Court, said police were acting on intelligence when they raided the pensioner’s home on February 13 last year.

They seized a laptop tower and an external hard drive upon which the sickening images were discovered.

Ms Mottram said the earliest creation date for an image was March 11, 2003.

She explained he had searched for “young girls” and “very young girls” alongside “porn” in the Bing search engine.

One of the images included a child as young as five, the court heard.

Ms Mottram said 38 images of extreme pornography of adult females having sexual intercourse with animals were also found as well as videos of child sex abuse.

Experts also found peer-to-peer software on the devices.

Morana, of Grieve Road, Fazakerley, admitted having 422 child rape images, 464 child abuse images which fell into category B and 849 category A images, which are the least serious.

He also admitted possessing 38 extreme pornographic images.

His possession of the images dated between 10 March, 2003 and 14 February, 2020.

Morana was handed an 18 month sentence suspended for 18 months and must complete 100 hours of unpaid work.

He must complete 20 Rehabilitation Activity Requirements and was ordered to comply with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years.

He must sign the Sex Offenders Register for the same period.