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Norwich man admits owning paedophile manual which he downloaded from the dark web

PUBLISHED: 12:43 18 December 2017 | UPDATED: 08:42 19 December 2017

A 40-year-old Norwich man accessed the dark web to download a paedophile manual which contained advice and guidance on sexually abusing children.

Lee Daly was found with the manual after police seized his computer tablet at his home, Norwich Crown Court heard,

Martin Ivory, prosecuting, said police made a search of Daly’s home and found he had downloaded the 170 page document.

Mr Ivory said: “There was a warning on the manual setting out that it may be illegal to be in possession of such an item. Plainly it is.”

In interview Mr Ivory said Daly denied any sexual interest in children but admitted he used the dark web to access porn.

Daly of Maidstone Road, Norwich, admitted possessing the manual and was given an eight month jail sentence suspended for two years and placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years.

He was also made subject to a sexual harm prevention order.

Recorder Guy Ayers told him: “This is a very serious offence. You had chosen to go on what is known as the Dark web and had downloaded a document that is a paedophile manual.“

He added: “It was fortunate in my view you were apprehended relatively quickly ”

He accepted Daly had not carried out any instructions from the manual but it was serious because he had chosen to read such a document.

“It is clear from other use you appeared to have an interest in underage people. It makes this a very serious offence.”

However he accepted Daly had mental health difficulties and needed help so he suspended the sentence and ordered he gets one-to-one help.

“They will try to get you to put aside the thoughts you had that led you to download this sort of material.”

He said it would also help him not to be tempted in future to download such material and warned that if he breached the order he would go to jail.

Andrew Oliver, for Daly, said: “He has not committed an offence against any child and he said he did not intend to.”

He said that no indecent images were found on his computer equipment which showed he did not have a high level of interest.

He said Daly had mental health issues.

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