A man from Haverhill collected indecent images of children because he had
been traumatised while serving on jury duty, a court has heard.
David Backler, 59, of Stanton Place, appeared on Friday at Ipswich Crown Court.
He pleaded guilty to five offences of possessing indecent images and movies of children.
Prosecuting, Stephen Rose said the charges related to the time leading up to August 14 last year, when Backler had been arrested.
Analysis revealed 4,000 separate images had been obtained and stored by Backler.
Mr Rose said there was no suggestion that Backler had been involved in distributing the images.
The court heard that Backler told police that he served as a juror in a trial at Ipswich Crown Court in the 1990s and “just never got over the shock” of what he saw and had started collecting indecent images of children.
Mitigating, Archie McKay said Backler had no previous convictions.
He had indicated that he would be pleading guilty to all the charges at the earliest opportunity.
Judge Martyn Levett warned Backler that the volume of material made it was a “very serious matter.”
Judge Levett said all sentencing options would remain open until Backler returned to court to be sentenced on May 22.
Backler, who was ordered to sign the sexual offenders’ register, will continue to be granted bail until his next court appearance.