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Wife reported husband of 20 years to police after discovering he was a paedophile

NewsWife reported husband of 20 years to police after discovering he was a paedophile

A wife reported her husband of nearly 20 years to police after she discovered sickening child sex abuse images on discs she put into her computer thinking they had music on them. Ann – not her real name – was alone in the caravan she shared with Terence “Terry” Donavan when she made the shocking find of the stash of horrific images.

Ann, from South Wales, said at first there was an error message on screen, but when she switched to the photo option, she felt “absolute horror”. Donavan, 73, had downloaded more than 1,000 indecent images of children and secretly filmed a young woman in a shower through a peephole.

He was later jailed after admitting voyeurism and downloading the indecent images. Police discovered that Donovan’s crimes spanned from 2002 to 2018.

He pleaded guilty to voyeurism by recording a private act and possessing 46 indecent images of children in Category A — the most serious — as well as 52 in Category B, 1,205 in Category C, and 684 extreme pornographic images involving animals.

Donovan appeared on October 28 last year at Swansea Crown Court where he was handed a 16-month jail term — a sentence Ann believes should have been much longer.

Recalling the years she spent with Donovan, Ann said she had a feeling that something was not right for quite some time.

She told Wales Online: “I felt like I was in a tunnel in that marriage. You think you must be imagining things but if you’ve got a gut feeling, you’ve got to act on it.”

“He never, ever allowed me to see his phone. He even took it in the toilet with him. When I asked why, he said it was because someone might ring about the caravans. I think it was really that he didn’t want me to see what was on there.

“He didn’t sleep in the nights. I thought he was watching TV in another room but I remember one time when he didn’t hear me coming out of the bedroom. I opened the door and suddenly he slammed his laptop down.”

When she later discovered her husband’s dark secret, Ann said she was in “too much shock” to confront him but she reported him to police, who then raided the caravan.

She has never spoken to him about his crimes, although she bumped into him one day in Barry Island while he was on bail.

She said: “I was so gobsmacked and scared that I turned round and ran away.” 

Ann said she believed paedophiles should get a “minimum of five years”.

She said: “We’re not sending a proper message to these paedophiles. I appreciate the judge’s hands were tied but I think the justice system should be re-evaluated so that these people are getting years behind bars.”

After making the discovery and bravely reporting her husband to police underwent counselling but said she still wanted to send the message people “should not be afraid to speak up” about someone they know, even if it is a wife or husband.

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