Blind man arrested for watching child porn

Source:savannanews24.com
A blind man accused of viewing the ‘worst variety’ of child pornography claims he did not know what he was looking at because he can’t see. Andrew Shaw, 44, walked into Blackpool Magistrates Court with the help of his black Labrador guide dog to face child porn charges.

Shaw, of Derby Road, in Thornton-Cleveleys, allegedly downloaded 71 obscene images of children under the age of 16 onto his computer. The court heard how 12 of these images were of the ‘the worst variety’.

His wife, who is also registered as blind, was in court to support her husband. Junior doctor struck off after asking 13-year-old boy for sex on Grindr Shaw’s lawyer, Allan Cobain, said this is ‘an unusual case’ as his client is ‘registered blind’, indicating Shaw would plead guilty to some or all of the offences. He said: ‘He has no sight in one eye and only a small amount in the other.

‘It may be argued that difficulty with his vision makes it difficult for him to put an age to images he downloads. He may think he is looking at 16-year-olds.’ Shaw’s lawyer successfully asked magistrates to adjourn proceedings so that the Crown Prosecution Service could look at the file again.

Former prime minister ‘would have been questioned by police for child abuse’ Mr Cobain said he would argue to keep the case before magistrates rather than have it sent to Crown Court.

The court also heard that Shaw had been under investigation for more than a year, with Crown Prosecutor Jim Mowbray saying the case had been carefully looked at before court proceedings started. Shaw was granted bail.
Source:savannanews24/ukmetronews

 

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