October 2019

Pervert had 20,000 sick images of child sex abuse on his computer

A man has admitted possessing more that 20,000 depraved indecent images of children.

David Livesey, 48, of Whalley Road, Clayton-le-Moors admitted a string of sexual offences spanning more than 11 years during an appearance at Blackburn Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard that police officers had intercepted illegal images and traced the source to computer equipment at Livesey’s address.

When officers attended his home in November last year, they confiscated devices on which they found thousands of indecent images of children.

Catherine Allan, prosecuting, said: “Among two specimen items viewed by officers was a video clip lasting three minutes 45 seconds.”

During the hearing, Livesey spoke only to confirm his name, age and date of birth and enter his guilty pleas.

In total he admitted five offences including that between July 2007 and November 2018 he had in his possession of 564 category A indecent images of children, which show the most serious forms of sexual abuse.

In addition he admitted possessing 468 category B images and 19,081 category C images.

Livesey, who had no previous convictions, also pleaded guilty to possessing six prohibited images and one image of extreme pornography.

The bench declined jurisdiction in sentencing Livesey and sent his case to Burnley Crown Court on December 2.

They granted him unconditional bail until then and ordered probation reports to be undertaken.

He was told to register within three days at Burnley police station after which he will be monitored as a convicted sex offender.