Perverted silver surfer’s catalogue of indecent images

Geoffrey Brooksbank
Geoffrey Brooksbank

A perverted silver surfer downloaded thousands of indecent images after discovering the internet in his 70s.

Octogenarian Geoffrey Brooksbank became addicted to child pornography, downloading thousands of indecent images and videos of children as young as six.

It is sad that at 82 and with no previous convictions such offences have brought you before the court but they are extremely serious offences

Brooksbank, 82, was arrested after police discovered more than 100 items of computer equipment containing sick images of children at his home in Lytham Road, South Shore.

He told officers he had led an asexual life but was “a latent gay” – although he had never acted upon his desires.

Facing sentence at Preston Crown Court, Brooksbank leaned on his walking frame for support as the judge ordered him to go straight to prison.

The OAP, who has suffered two heart attacks since the raid in October 2014, pleaded guilty to making and possessing 6,495 images, which were stored across dozens of laptops, hard drives and memory sticks.

Mr Justice Sweeney, sentencing, told Brooksbank: “It is clear that these images were gathered over a significant period of time and that you were addicted to images of this type.

“You subscribed to an internet site in Canada through which you purchased these images.

“It is sad that at 82 and with no previous convictions such offences have brought you before the court but they are extremely serious offences.

“Without people like you who make and possess such images they wouldn’t appear in the way that they do on the internet.

“Your health is still poor as I can see for myself. You are now in a care home with no access to such images and there are significant concerns about your ability to cope in a custodial setting.

“You were caught because the police discovered what you had been doing and your address was searched.

“You immediately acknowledged your guilt.”

The judge said in certain cases where there was significant personal mitigation the court had the power to suspend a prison sentence but he said the gravity of Brooksbank’s offending would make it unjust to suspend the sentence.

He jailed him for eight months and made a sexual harm prevention order.