Ipswich: Pervert spared jail to care for his son

A MAN who admitted having more than 200 indecent images of children on three separate computers has been spared jail so he can care for his son.

Andrew Mulligan, 58, of Norwich Road, Ipswich, appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court yesterday after pleading guilty to the charges last month.

The court was told that on March 6, a website containing indecent images of children was “compromised” and the IP addresses of users were discovered.

One was linked to Mulligan’s address. Police discovered there were 219 indecent images on three computers. The defendant claimed it was accidental.

Prosecutor, Nikki Miller, said: “The defendant was arrested and interviewed and he accepted he was responsible, but he claimed he was on adult sites and clicked on links to child images.”

The court was also told that Mulligan has an adult son who is disabled and needs round-the-clock care from him and his wife.

District judge Celia Dawson was told, if he was sent to prison, then his son would probably have to be taken into care. Mulligan was given an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for a year, ordered to pay �85 costs and put under the supervision of the probation service.

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He was also subjected to a sexual prevention order which means he will not be allowed to own any devices capable of going on the internet unless they can show the history and he makes it available to police.

District judge Dawson said: “You have failed to acknowledge the effect on the young people concerned and failed to acknowledge you have any direct responsibility. I am suspending this because of the impact imprisonment would have on your family.”