Disgraced child porn radiographer struck off

A DISGRACED Londonderry radiographer has been struck off for downloading 26,000 indecent images of children from the internet.

The Health Professions Council confirmed last night that Ivor Gilfillan (53), from Burnally Road, Limavady, was struck off the health professionals' register after a hearing held in Belfast yesterday as a result of his admission last year to 50 specimen charges of downloading the images - including many of the worst possible, category 5, kind.

The radiographer, who worked at Altnagelvin Hospital, was sentenced to 18 months in prison at Londonderry Crown Court last October but freed within weeks under the controversial 50% remission scheme, after time spent in custody was taken into account.

The offences were not committed at work.

Yesterday, the Health Professions Council's Panel of the Conduct and Competence Committee was asked whether Gilfillan was fit to remain on the register after his conviction.

The hearing took place at the Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council offices on Chichester Street.

An Interim Suspension Order had been put in place for Gilfillan by the HPC when he was first charged, but the panel decided yesterday that he should be struck off the register altogether and barred from working in his profession.

Details of the "allegation" made against him yesterday included the charges that he admitted in court, the sentence and a number of other conditions of the judgment.

These included that he was: disqualified from working with children until 28 October 2018; prohibited from the ownership or use of a computer or other device capable of such use, for accessing the internet; prohibited from approaching within 50 metres of any children's facility without prior approval from Social Services; and prohibited from initiating communication with or having access to any child under 18 years of age unless approved by the parent/guardian or by Social Services.

Gilfillan pleaded guilty to 50 specimen charges of downloading indecent images of children, some of which portrayed the abuse of very young children and infants.

He downloaded a total of 26,000 indecent images of children, Londonderry Crown Court heard.

The prosecution said that despite his early guilty plea this was one of the most serious cases of its kind. The images were of real children being abused and were not computer generated, the court was told.

The court heard that whilst Gilfillan had not taken any photographs himself he had downloaded and distributed the images with other like-minded people on the internet.

He was also placed on the sex offenders register.