Tuesday 17 October 2017

Paedophile caught with over 3,000 child images found dead

Lawrence Henderson
Lawrence Henderson

Angela Rainey

A notorious paedophile who was prosecuted after being caught with more than 3,000 indecent images of children has been found dead at his home.

The body of Lawrence Henderson (34) was discovered at his house in Kilwilkie Road, Lurgan, by police. His death is not being treated as suspicious.

In October 2014, Henderson pleaded guilty to having more than 3,000 images of children.

After a hearing at Craigavon Crown Court, he was given three years' probation and placed on the sex offenders' register.

The paedophile pleaded guilty to 26 charges of making an indecent photograph of a child and one charge of having in his possession more than 3,000 indecent photographs of children.

Many of the victims in the images were young girls who were believed to be around 12, at the oldest.

However, Henderson told police he thought that they were adults.

Henderson's crimes were exposed by a computer repair shop owner who reported him to police after finding 208 category one pictures and four category two images on the device.

A further 3,347 category one pictures and one category two photograph were found on an external hard drive recovered during a search of his home.

Henderson was arrested as he arrived back at the shop to collect the device.

The PSNI said yesterday: "Police in Lurgan attended the scene of the sudden death of a man at a house at Kilwilkie Road on Friday July 22.

The statement added: "The death is not being treated as suspicious at this time."

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