Harlesden man jailed for child porn stash which included pics of dead babies

Images were so sickening officers were unsure how to catergorise them

A pervert caught with pictures of dead babies in what has been described as called Britain’s worst ever child porn case has been sent to jail.

David Adams, 66, of Spezia Road, Harlesden , stored post-mortem pictures of infants in his computer in a file he called ‘dead kids.’

He was jailed for 18 months at Southwark Crown Court yesterday after prosecutor Peter Zinner described the case as setting ‘a new benchmark in depravity.’

The case was so disgusting that an experienced court clerk asked to leave court and had to be replaced by a colleague.

Adams’ home was raided in August 2009, following an investigation into internet activities by a man called ‘Jerry Spinks’ - his online alias.

On his computer were 150,416 indecent images of children including 22 post mortem images of children whose ages ranged from newborn to two years old.

Most Read

Mr Zinner said: “They had met, it seems, an untimely death through serious injury.

“The prosecution has never seen such appalling images for sexual gratification before.

“This is new ground, and a new benchmark of depravity in criminal history.”

The photos were so sickening that officers had been unsure how to categorise the pictures since they were not overtly sexual.

Adams also had more than 11,000 indecent images in the two most serious sentencing categories, depicting young children being raped and tortured by adults.

Unmarried Adams lives alone in privately rented accommodation, living off his pension and housing and disability benefits.

He admitted 12 counts of making indecent images of children and in addition to his prison sentence, he was placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years and given a sexual offences prevention order.

Peter Saunders from the National Association for People Abused in Childhood has hit out at Adam’s sentence calling it derisory.

He added: “People like Adams who are found in possession of indecent images of children should be given much higher sentences as they are ‘fuelling’ the paedophiles who carry out the abuse.”

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter