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Child porn addict had two million images of abuse on his computer

A 55-year-old self-confessed pervert who can't stop watching child abuse on the internet had more than two million indecent images on his computer.

There were so many that the police could only examine a fraction of them.

Belfast Crown Court heard that of the total of 2,242,964 images Carey Lyons had on his computer, police officers had only enough resources to view just under 6,000.

While 600 of those were in the higher category four or five, the bulk of them were in the lower to mid categories of one to three.

Lyons, from University Street, Belfast, who has a string of similar convictions dating back to 1973, was put on probation for three years by his Honour Judge Kinney, which he said was inline with the considered view of the probation service, as this would best serve and better protect the public interest.

Judge Kinney said while the custody threshold had clearly been crossed in Lyons' case, and whatever his level of acknowledgement as to his needing help, probation would ensure the continuous supervision that he clearly requires.

He said Lyons was well known to the probation service, for obvious reasons, and that reports on him made for disturbing reading.

In them Lyons admitted being addicted to watching child abuse images and was attracted to prepubescent children and lacked the control to manage his deviant offending behaviour.

Judge Kinney said that Lyons, who admitted 24 charges of downloading child porn, had an extensive record for similar offending and had even admitted to the authorities of reoffending to establish contact with the probation service.

Prosecutor Tessa Kitson told the court that Lyons' own father had turned him in, fearing he was in breach of an earlier Sexual Offences Prevention Order, banning him from having any computer. However, Lyons' order had just been completed, but police took the computer for checking after finding it dumped in a bin.

When arrested Lyons, who has spent the past 13 months in prison on remand, readily admitted that he had been using the computer to download indecent images including cartoons showing child abuse.

He also said he had done so to get his SOPO reactivated to stop him offending.

Defence lawyer Mark Barlow said the best way of preventing Lyons offending was to have him under supervision, which had proved to be the case in the past.

Lyons, he added, had always, and was willing to co-operate with the probation service and police.

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