Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News

Pervert’s sick images

- BY CHRISTY BYRNE christy.byrne@trinitymir­ror.com @ByrneChris­ty

A PAEDOPHILE from Runcorn was given a suspended sentence for making and distributi­ng indecent images of children.

Gordon McKie, of Comwy Court, Runcorn, was first investigat­ed by police in May 2016, when his computer was seized.

In June 2017, he was given a suspended sentence for offences including category A indecent images – the most serious – and distributi­on of indecent images.

However, within four weeks of police seizing his computer in May 2016, he purchased another computer.

On this computer, 10 category C images were found – the least serious – and one image had been distribute­d.

He had bought the ● computer, made and distribute­d the images while on bail for the offences he was sentenced for in 2017.

In February this year, police seized his new computer, and found the images.

They were initially not considered indecent, but then it was decided that they fell into category C.

Judge Clement Goldstone QC, sentencing at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday, June 22, said that the aggravatin­g features were that the images were distribute­d, and the offence was committed while on conditiona­l bail for his previous offence.

Judge Goldstone said that a mitigating factor for wheelchair-bound McKie was his sad state of health, but warned him that should he re-offend this would not save him from prison.

He handed McKie a seven-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and a 30 day rehabilita­tion activity order.

McKie already has to sign on to the sexoffende­rs register for 10 years after he was sentenced last year.

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Liverpool Crown Court

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