Man spared jail over vile child abuse pictures

A young Atherton man who made indecent pictures of children has been spared an immediate jail sentence.

Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 11:26 am

Zak Fairhurst, of Gadbury Fold, was charged with having 14 category A photos - those deemed the gravest images of abuse - plus 18 category B and 17 category C in October 2018 when the 22-year-old appeared before Wigan and Leigh justices.

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Now having admitted to the charges before a Bolton Crown Court judge, he was given an eight-month prison term but it was suspended for two years. Fairhurst was also ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work, attend a programme for sex offenders and pay £140 to victim services. The judge imposed a 10-year sexual harm prevention order and he must sign on the Sex Offenders’ Register for the same amount of time.

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