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1 April 2015, 11:24
A man from Flitwick has escaped a jail term after hundreds of child abuse images were found on his computer.
When Kenneth Murray had problems with his computer, he asked his carer to help him.
But the 59 year old, who was in poor health, hadn't bargained on her finding his sick horde of indecent images of young children being abused.
Luton crown court heard that was what had happened when the carer came across tell-tale search terms he had been using to locate deprived images on the internet.
As a result of the discovery, police went to Murray's home in Roman Way, Flitwick, where his computer was seized and he was arrested.
He pleaded guilty to six offences of making indecent photos of a child and one offence of possessing extreme pornographic images.
The court heard how Murray, who had a stroke 25 years ago and who now suffers memory loss, epilepsy and depression, was visited by his carer on 24 October 2013.
When he told her he was unable to open pages on the computer, she agreed to have a look, only to discover search terms he had been using to go to child abuse sites on the internet.
Judge David Farrell QC, hearing the case, was told that some of the images subsequently found included some of the very worst and his collection of extreme pornography ran to 813 images.
Passing sentence, Judge Farrell told Murray that by watching the depraved images, he himself was party to child abuse.
He said "Viewing this type of material is exactly that, because children are being sexually abused for your perverted sexual gratification so you can masturbate to it. It's disgusting and horrific and you have got to mend your ways."
He sentenced Murray to eight months imprisonment, which will be suspended for two years. He will also be under the supervision of the probation service and he was made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order.
His name will also go on the sex offenders' register for ten years and the judge ordered that his computer should be destroyed.
"You must understand this type of behaviour will not be tolerated in the future. You must learn that viewing this type of material will result in significant custodial sentences if you do it again," the judge said.