Nicholas Murphy, 45, who went by the name “Horrible Nick” and used the Kik Messenger app to arrange the gang-rape of a three-year-old boy, was sentenced to three years in prison on February 15, 2018 at Liverpool Crown Court. Judge Rachael Smith sentenced Murphy for three counts of attempting to arrange or facilitate the commission of a child sex offence.
“Murphy, of Upton Green, Speke, was arrested after a group of ten paedophiles who used the anonymous messaging program was infiltrated by undercover police who traced his location and swooped on his previous address in Cheshire,” Josh Parry of the Liverpool Echo reported. “Police searching his phone found two sets of chat history with two different men, as well as chat history from the group of ten.”
The pedophiles discussed in “graphic details” what they wanted to do to the child, and a group of about ten were “brought down” by police who traced their locations.
Murphy must now sign the sex offenders register for life, and received a Sexual Harm Prevention Order which bans him from contact with children “other than his own” or the children of family who give him permission. He is also forbidden from using internet devices which do not store his browsing history.