Paedophile, 35, avoids jail despite being caught with half a MILLION child porn ...

A paedophile who spent four-and-a-half years amassing almost half a million child abuse images has avoided jail.    

Robert Swanepoel, 35, from Swindon, was caught with a hoard of indecent images so large that authorities only managed to categorise around 47,000 pictures and video clips - having to leave a further 400,000.   

The paedophile, who searched parts of the internet for terms such as 'teen' and 'young little girls' before he was caught by police in November 2018, denied being sexually attracted to children and claimed he posed no danger, Swindon Crown Court heard.

When asked about the depraved images, he said: 'It's like a drug addiction.' 

Robert Swanepoel (pictured at Swindon Crown Court), 35, from Swindon, trawled parts of the internet for four-and-a-half years for images of child abuse before he was caught by police in November 2018

Robert Swanepoel (pictured at Swindon Crown Court), 35, from Swindon, trawled parts of the internet for four-and-a-half years for images of child abuse before he was caught by police in November 2018

Swanepoel was handed a six-month suspended sentence at Swindon Crown Court on January 6 after admitting the charges against him.

A court heard that Swanepoel first viewed child abuse images when an pop-up directed him to a illicit website.

But Tessa Hingston, prosecuting, said that, after that, he began looking for the vile images.

The substantial collection was saved on a Toshiba laptop, an Acer computer, Firestorm hard drive and a Kingston USB stick.

Some files had been encrypted and the collection had been sorted into categories.

Swanepoel was finally caught by detectives in November 2018, with more than 21 hours' worth of abuse videos as well as the images.

He admitted making 34 category A indecent images of children - which includes images depicting rape - 126 still images and 45 videos in the middle category and 46,430 images and 168 movies in category B.

He also had 34

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