A SEMI-RETIRED businessman has avoided jail for looking at thousands of paedophile pictures on his computer.
Anthony Goldie had pleaded guilty to 19 counts relating to the vile images during an earlier appearance at Fareham Magistrates Court.
Police traced Goldie, 65, after finding his computer had repeatedly logged on to a website for paedophiles.
They were able to trace it back to him through his computer’s unique address.
He was arrested at the boat he was living on in Clarence Marina, Gosport, in September 2010.
He admitted to police officers in a formal interview what he had been looking at.
The court heard how Goldie is also caring for his wife, who is seriously ill with cancer.
Stephen Bentley, defending, said: ‘In his interview, he effectively said “I know I’ve done wrong and I deserve to be punished, but I want to help my wife”.’
Police discovered 2,320 images, mostly at the lowest end of the scale, plus 101 films.
Prosecutor David Orman said: ‘He viewed a large amount of adult pornography, but also viewed pictures of naked children, and said he didn’t realise until now, that they were illegal.’
Goldie is now living in a caravan on his son’s property in Wellhead Drove, Westbury, Wiltshire, as he is trying to sell the boat to cover £49,000 of debt connected to his business.
At an earlier court appearance, the bench asked the probation service to look at all options for Goldie’s sentence, including prison.
At a sentencing hearing, he was handed a two year community order with a supervision requirement, and was also put on the sex offenders register for five years, as well as being given a sex offenders prevention order.
A computer tower, five memory sticks, and 151 CDs and DVDs found on the boat were ordered to be destroyed. Goldie was also ordered to pay £85 costs.