A man from Haverhill who collected indecent images of children after claiming
he had been traumatised while serving on jury duty has been jailed.
David Backler, 59, of Stanton Place, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court.
He pleaded guilty to five offences of possessing indecent images and movies of children on a computer, three storage devices and a number of discs.
He was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment by Judge Martyn Levett who saidthat immediate custody was the only realistic option and a “very serious matter.”
Backler was arrested on August 14 last year when Suffolk Police were alerted by the National Crime Agency about file-sharing activity which implicated him.
Examination of computer equipment seized at Backler’s home revealed almost 7,000 indecent images of children.
These images included nearly 600 which were graded by police as being at the most serious level.
Backler had told police that he had attended a trial and had served as a juror at Ipswich Crown Court in the 1990s.
According to him, he had “just never got over the shock” of what he saw in the case.
In a bid to move on and, hoping for some form of closure, he said he had started collecting indecent images of children.
The court heard that there was no suggestion that Backler had been involved in distributing any of the images to other people.
Backler, a former sales director, had expressed remorse at his crimes and pleaded guilty to all of the charges against him at the earliest possible opportunity, said Archie McKay, defending.
McKay also noted that Backler had no previous convictions.
In addition to being sentenced to jail, Backler was ordered by Judge Levett to sign the sexual offences register.