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Junior doctor found with ‘horrific’ child abuse images escapes jail

A Leicester doctor has escaped jail after being found in possession of over 50 indecent images and videos of children.

Sharmake Abdulahi Maxamed, a 29-year-old Swedish national, was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, after pleading guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children, as well as the possession of cocaine.

Leicester Time: Junior doctor found with 'horrific' child abuse images escapes jail
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He was found in possession of over 50 indecent images and videos of children, 28 of which were category A, the most extreme.

In July 2020, the National Crime Agency (NCA) was alerted by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) after an online account linked to Maxamed received a folder containing several hundred files.

The file names indicated that they showed the abuse of children aged between five and 15 years of age, and the sender was an Australian national who had been arrested by the AFP after sharing indecent images of children.

In October 2021, NCA officers arrested Maxamed at his home in Leicester. His phone was seized, and officers also found a small quantity of cocaine.

Maxamed’s phone was subsequently found to contain 28 category A, 18 category B, and six category C images and videos.

Evidence recovered from the device showed that he had searched for the material online and had sent messages to another user, stating that he was in his car and was going to “have a line” before returning to work. He followed this up with a photo of two lines of white powder.

He was sentenced on 1 March, at Leicester Crown Court. Maxamed did not work with children, and, as a newly employed doctor, was still being chaperoned at work prior to his arrest. His contract has been terminated.

Danielle Pownall, Senior Investigating Officer, said: “Maxamed sought out images showing the horrific abuse of children.

“Thanks to work by dedicated officers at the National Crime Agency, as well as support from our colleagues in Australia, we were able to bring him to justice.

“The NCA is committed to protecting children and ensuring that individuals who collect this material, and create a demand for abuse content, are held to account.”