Paedo avoids jail over Covid fears despite having nearly 2million sick images
A pensioner has walked free from jail "incase he contracts Covid-19" despite having nearly two million indecent images of kids, a judge has ruled.
David Jackson, 73, walked free from court and was told by a judge he deserved a severe prison sentence.
He received a two-year suspended prison sentence after thousands of images were found on his computer, reports Mirror Online.
Jackson, of Woodmancote, Dursley, was given the suspended sentence due to his underlying health issues, a court heard.
Judge Ian Lawrie QC said: "Because of Jackson's underlying health issues I have concluded that sending him to prison is akin to giving him a death sentence, so I have no choice but to impose a suspended sentence."
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He added: "In normal circumstances I would not hesitate in sending you to prison. But I have seen your medical report which shows you have a number of underlying health issues and restricted mobility.
"You are therefore highly vulnerable and deserve a severe prison sentence but sending you to jail is not an option in case you contract the Covid-19 virus."
At Gloucester Crown Court Jackson, of Woodmancote, Dursley, pleaded guilty to making indecent of photographs of children between November 3, 2009 and May 9, 2018 in all three categories of severity – A, B and C – on six computers found at his home address.
Jackson's computers contained 587 Category A images; 1,794 Category B images and 1,856,704 Category C images, the court was told.
At an earlier hearing the court heard Jackson had some nine million images on his computers but only 1,859,085 were analysed for prosecution purposes.
The judge warned Jackson: "You need to reflect on the fact that your activities and your perverse interest in children are perpetuating the suffering of hundreds of young children around the world.
"Whatever it was that drove you to look at those images you will not be doing it again. I don't trust you to confront the dark corner of your soul.
"If you squander this opportunity I shall park you in prison."
The judge ordered Jackson to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years and made him subject to the terms of a sexual harm prevention order for the same time period.
The judge also ordered for the confiscation and destruction of Jackson's six computers.
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