Posted on October 9, 2018
Former soldier and bodyguard to Prince Harry spared jail for ‘appalling’ child sex images
former high-flying soldier was spared jail despite downloading “appalling” child sex images after his lawyer explained he had been Prince Harry’s bodyguard.
Timothy Murfitt used search terms such as ‘toddler’ ‘kids’ and ‘baby girl pics’ when he searched for more than 10,000 disturbing images of children.
Maidstone Crown Court heard the 47-year-old former soldier was working in London when police went to his home in Sevenoaks, Kent, in April last year. But he was spared jail by Judge Martin Huseyin who praised him for his exemplary military service.
The judge said: “Your history is remarkable. This is utterly out of character.
“Given your co-operation and other factors, I am prepared to suspend the sentence.”
Prosecutor Mary Jacobson said Murfitt at first claimed he had only looked at adult pornography but when the hard drives were examined, more than 10,000 images were found, including more than 170 in the highest category involving children.
More than 380 extreme images showing adults having sex with animals were also uncovered at Murfitt’s home.
Prosecutor Miss Jacobson said: “The children were very young,” but acknowledged Murfitt had been open and honest when interviewed by police.