BREAKING MANCHESTER

A man has been jailed after police found more than 400,000 indecent pictures of children on his work computer

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Michael Donkin, 59, downloaded hundreds of thousands of vile, illegal images of children as young as one-year-old, including almost 25,000 classed as being of the most serious category showing the rape and torture of young children

When police searched his home in Wythenshawe on July 16 this year, he told them: “Yes, it’s all on that computer there”.

As well as having the ‘extraordinary large amount’ of images on his work computer and a hard drive, Donkin also had 80 videos and 12,000 images of young girls taken in public spaces.

He admitted having a sexual interest in young children and was today jailed for two years and four months at Manchester Crown Court.

Prosecutor Michelle Brown told the court how detectives executed a search warrant at Donkin’s home as part of an investigation into indecent images of children.

“The defendant and his wife were present at the address”, Ms Brown said.

“The defendant made a full admission and directed police to a computer at a work station.

“He said ‘yes its all on that computer there’.

“He was arrested and a number of devices were seized from the address and examined.”

Police found 437,614 indecent images of children in total – 24,558 were category A images, described as the worst kind of child pornography, 117,291 category B and 295,765 category C.

More than 7,000 of these were videos, the court heard.

“The images depicted children from the ages of one to 15 years”, Ms Brown added.

“The officers also found a large volume, around 80 video files and 12,000 still images of covert recorded material of young girls in public spaces.

“The defendant was interviewed and said he had been downloading the material for about five years or more.

Donkin, of Porlock Road, Wythenshawe, pleaded guilty to three offences of making an indecent photo and one offence of possession of a prohibited image of a child.

Sentencing, Judge Anthony Cross QC told him his offending was so serious that he would have to go to prison immediately.

“The result of the examination of your computer revealed an extraordinary large amount of prohibited material”, the judge said.

“Many of the children in the images were very young, some as young as one.

“You had been in possession of that material for as long as a period of nearly six and a half years.

“Police also found a cache of 80 video files with 12,000 still images which you possessed of the posterior and chest area of female children pictured in public places.

Donkin was jailed for two years and four months.

He was also made subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and will have to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years