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Man, 76, avoids jail over 6,500 child porn images

BY Ashleigh McDonald

A 76-year-old man who was caught with over 6,500 indecent photographs of children on computer equipment told police he gained no sexual gratification from the images, a court has heard.

Frank Malone – who suffers from a range of illnesses – was placed on three years probation after admitting a total of 15 charges at Belfast Crown Court.

A total of 6,674 indecent images of children were discovered on laptops and a memory stick belonging to Malone, along with 157 images of extreme pornography.

Belfast Recorder Judge David McFarland told the visibly frail pensioner: "Had you been younger and in better health, I would have considered a custody sentence."

Malone, from Annadale Avenue in Belfast, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of making an indecent photograph of a child, three counts of possessing an indecent photograph of a child and two counts of possessing an extreme pornographic image on dates between October 8, 2012 and January 13, 2013.

Crown prosecutor Kate McKay told the court that on January 15 last year police carried out a planned search at Cromac Wood Court in Belfast looking for items connected to making and possessing images of children.

The court heard that while over 6,000 of the images of children were at the lowest scale, 210 were in the highest two categories.

In addition, a total of 157 images depicting bestiality were discovered and formed the basis of the extreme pornography charges.

In addition to probation, Malone was also placed on the sex offenders' register for five years.

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