Paedophile waved knife at friends after drinks binge

Gerald Fisher was  charged with making indecent photographs of a child and possessing extreme pornographic images
Gerald Fisher was charged with making indecent photographs of a child and possessing extreme pornographic images
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A MAN who looked at hundreds of images of child abuse has again avoided jail after threatening his friends with a knife.

Gerald Fisher admitted brandishing a bread knife after a drink-fuelled evening with two pals and his girlfriend in Sycamore Close, Gosport, where he was staying.

Fisher previously admitted five counts of making indecent photographs of a child and two counts of possession of extreme pornography involving children.

In total, Fisher had 794 images of children, across all levels of seriousness, and 26 extreme images of children.

He was back at Portsmouth Crown Court after pleading guilty to one charge of using threatening behaviour and one of possessing a knife in a public place.

Anthony Bailey, prosecuting, told the court Fisher had thrown a can of beer towards one of the group at about midnight on November 2.

Mr Bailey said: ‘The friends ordered a taxi and all three were outside the premises.

‘Fisher came out of the door and mumbled some threats.’

At this point Fisher then went back into the house.

‘The kitchen light was seen to go on, he then reappeared with a bread knife above his head moving it up and down in a stabbing motion,’ Mr Bailey added.

‘He made no comment but looked extremely angry.’

Fisher went indoors again and called the police, telling them what he had done, said Roderick James, defending.

In the indecent images case Fisher was given a three-year community order, with three years’ supervision and told to attend a sexual offender’s treatment programme.

Fisher had downloaded the images on to his then-girlfriend’s laptop.

Mr James added: ‘As a result of that offence his life fell apart, his girlfriend left him and other friends don’t want anything to do with him. He fell homeless as a result.’

In the latest hearing Judge Ian Pearson gave Fisher a suspended sentence of 32 weeks in jail for possessing the knife and eight weeks for the threatening behaviour.

Both were suspended for a period of two years and are to run concurrently.

Fisher, who is staying at the same friends’ home, was ordered to pay £100 towards costs.

Mr Pearson said: ‘Any offending within two years means quite a long time in custody.

‘This is the only chance you’re going to get.’