August 2021

Paedophile with almost 30k indecent child images spared jail

A paedophile who was caught in possession of almost 30,000 vile indecent images if children by police has been spared jail.

The collection was found on three separate devices owned by Richard Millar after officers raided his Great Sankey home in 2018.

Almost three years later, the 28-year-old appeared at Liverpool Crown Court to be sentenced on Tuesday after pleading guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children (IIOC), one count of possessing IIOC, one of possessing extreme pornographic images and one of possessing prohibited images of children

But he was told he would not be heading to prison on this occasion due to his ‘previous good character’ and the fact he has sought help since his arrest.

Derek Jones, prosecuting, told the court how police received intel that the defendant might be downloading or accessing IIOC, resulting in them executing a search warrant at his Ventnor Close home in the early hours of November 16, 2018.

Two Samsung phones and a HP laptop were seized from his bedroom. Most of the indecent material was found on the laptop.

Millar gave no comment during his police interview and the devices were sent for a forensic analysis.

This revealed he had been accessing and downloading IIOC up to his arrest date, with the start date on his indictment indicating this had been going on for just short of five and a half years.

In total, police found 29,977 IIOC, 5,825 of which were graded as category A images – the worst category involving children as young as five being raped. Of this number, 144 were category A videos.

Officers also found 6,741 category B images and videos and 17,411 classed as category C, involving children as young as babies up to teenage years.

Also in his possession were seven extreme pornographic images involving bestiality and 23 prohibited images which were described as cartoons depicting IIOC.

Millar was brought in for a further interview by police in May this year, when he again offered no comment.

Before sentencing, judge Stuart Driver said: “You pleaded guilty to six offences, including the possession of category A indecent images of children.

“The starting point must be increased due to the large quantity of images you possessed over a long period of time.

“You are of previous good character with a good work record, and you have used your time since your arrest to attend counselling sessions to address the problems you accept you have.”

He added: “It comes down to whether it can be suspended or not. I am prepared to accept this falls on the side of suspending.”

Millar was sentenced to 12 months in prison suspended for 18 months.

He must also complete 20 rehabilitation activity requirement days, abide by the terms of a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years and sign the sex offender register for 10 years.

An order for the destruction of devices approved, with judge Driver adding: “If I see you again, it is highly likely I will send you to prison.”