A part-time DJ who fantasised about raping and murdering a child has been sentenced for making and showing some of the worst child sexual abuse images NCA investigators have ever seen.
Haitch Macklin, 38, sold access to his horrendous catalogue to other offenders via an encrypted messaging app from his home in Higher Broughton, Salford, Greater Manchester.
His collection included sexual torture videos of babies and toddlers and Macklin spoke of his desire to acquire ‘snuff’ films showing real-life murders.
He also told another offender that he wanted to murder someone and film it.
He admitted three counts of making indecent images of children (IIOC) and two of showing it. Late yesterday afternoon, at Manchester Crown Court he was jailed for 20 months.
NCA operations manager Hazel Stewart said: “A team of officers viewed, assessed and graded the material Macklin sold access to, and all noted that this is some of the most horrific and disturbing content they’ve ever seen in many years investigating child sexual abuse.
“Macklin posed a very real and dangerous threat to children.
“Not only was he viewing and profiteering from indecent images of children, he was also harbouring thoughts of committing rape and murder.
“The NCA knows there is a direct link between offenders looking at abuse images and going on to commit even more severe acts.”
Macklin’s sentencing comes at a time when the NCA has revealed there is an increased risk to children from online offenders during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Offenders are seeking to exploit the fact that more young people and children are at home and are online. The agency has stepped up its pursuit of high-risk online offenders to ensure they are arrested and children are safeguarded.
In the last four weeks alone the NCA has developed and disseminated 1,060 online child sexual abuse (CSA) packages for police forces to investigate; the agency has executed eight warrants against high risk CSA offenders making five arrests including two suspected transnational child sex offenders. The agency has also responded by boosting its preventative messaging through an online safety at home campaign to those most at risk , through CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command at the NCA).
The agency also revealed recently that it estimates there are at least 300,000 people in the UK who pose a sexual threat to children.
In December 2018, in an online chatroom using the name ‘UK Perv’, Macklin advertised access to imagery via a server for a monthly subscription of £10.
Macklin, who was born David Bradley but formerly known as Haitch Bradley, advertised in various chatrooms, explained he was a paedophile and signed off one advert “NO MORALS!!!!”.
He sent users instructions about how to stream the material from his server.
NCA officers arrested Macklin, who performed under the name DJ Spook, in February 2019. In April 2018, Greater Manchester Police officers (GMP) had arrested him in an unrelated investigation into indecent images of children (IIOC). Charges relating to the GMP investigation are lying on file.
At court Macklin was made to sign the offenders register for 10 years. He was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order putting stringent conditions on his computer and internet use.
The NCA and UK police arrest around 500 child sex offenders a month and safeguard about 700 children a month.
For advice about online safety and protecting children during the coronavirus pandemic, visit Thinkuknow.co.uk
Child Protection Charity The Lucy Faithfull Foundation runs the Stop It Now! helpline which offers confidential advice to anyone concerned about their own or someone else’s behaviour towards children.