Fam­ily GP’s life in ru­ins af­ter he ad­mits hav­ing huge stash of dis­gust­ing im­ages

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ Twit­ter: PTstephenB

A former fam­ily doc­tor is fac­ing a lengthy spell be­hind bars af­ter ad­mit­ting pos­sess­ing hun­dreds of thou­sands of vile child abuse im­ages. Michael Kennedy (52) of St Pe­gas Road, Peakirk ad­mit­ted pos­sess­ing 848,131 in­de­cent im­ages dur­ing a hear­ing at Peter­bor­ough Mag­is­trates’ Court yes­ter­day.

Kennedy, a former doc­tor and­se­nior­part­ner at the Mill­field Med­i­cal Cen­tre, pleaded guilty to seven counts in to­tal dur­ing the court hear­ing.

Along with the ‘colos­sal’ amount of in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren, he also pleaded guilty to pos­sess­ing ‘ex­treme pornog­ra­phy,’ in­clud­ing im­ages of an­i­mals and even corpses.

The im­ages were all stored on a num­ber of de­vices by the mar­ried man.

The im­ages do not re­late to any pa­tients or any­one con­nected to the surgery.

Kennedy­was­sup­port­edby fam­ily and friends dur­ing the hear­ing, who sat in the pub­lic gallery.

Anthea Har­ris, pros­e­cut­ing, told the court: “There are 2002 im­ages at cat­e­gory A, 6737 at cat­e­gory Band839,349 at cat­e­gory C.

“Cat­e­gory A is the most se- ri­ous cat­e­gory on the scale.

“The crown say the start­ing point for of­fences of this typeis oneyear­in­cus­tody, but his is ag­gra­vated by the col­losal num­ber of im­ages, and fur­ther ag­gra­vated by the ex­treme pornog­ra­phy, and the lengthy time of the of­fences - they were over a 10 year pe­riod.

“We say this case is so se­ri­ous it should be dealt with at crown­court who­have­g­reater sen­tenc­ing pow­ers.”

Si­monMil­burn, de­fend­ing, agreed, and said the case was suit­able for crown court.

A spokesman for Mill­field Med­i­cal Cen­tre, based on St Martins Street, said Kennedy had not been to the cen­tre since March.

A spokesman for Cam­bridgeshire and Peter­bor­ough CCG and NHS Eng­land said: “Dr Michael Kennedy, for­merly of Mill­field Med­i­cal Cen­tre in Peter­bor­ough, has been charged with a num­ber of of­fences re­lat­ing to in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren.

“He has been sus­pended from prac­tis­ing at this time, al­though we would like to make it clear that the of­fences­donotre­late­tothesurgery.”

Kennedy pleaded guilty to three counts of mak­ing in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren, be­tweenDe­cem­ber12,2006and March 18, 2016, one count of pos­sess­ing pro­hib­ited im­ages of a child, and three counts of pos­sess­ing ex­treme porno­graphic im­ages.

Kennedy was given bail to ap­pear at Peter­bor­ough Crown Court on a date to be con­firmed for sen­tenc­ing.

His­bail­con­di­tions­ban­him from hav­ing un­su­per­vised con­tact or work­ing or vol­un­teer­ing with­chil­drenage­dun­der 16, and from vis­it­ing the Mill­field Med­i­cal Cen­tre.

Mill­field Med­i­cal Cen­tre and (right) Dr Michael Kennedy

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