December 2016

Tiverton man guilty of having child abuse images

jo

A father has been found guilty of having images of child abuse on his home made computer after a jury rejected his claim that someone else must have been using it.

Jonathan Edwards blamed visitors to his home in Tiverton but was found guilty after evidence showed he had searched for child images within minutes of playing a Facebook game in the middle of the night.

The computer was password protected but he claimed it was common knowledge among people who came to his home.

The evidence of his 3am browsing was found by police on his computer which broke down as he was in the middle of looking for images of pre-teen girls.

Former garage worker Edwards was also found with images of adults having sex with animals, including horses, on both the computer and a mobile.

Some images were also found on his partner’s phone, which she had only had for a couple of weeks and which he was the only other person to use.

Edwards was a keen player of a Facebook game called Cartown, in which players customise virtual vehicles, and some of the child images were found in computer folders where he had saved his creations.

The father-of-three was caught with images showing boys and girls as young as seven after police raided his home and seized the equipment.

He had built the tower system with a friend but it had seized up a week before the raid, preserving his illegal activity which was exposed when police experts analysed the hard drive and search history.

There were around 50 child abuse images and 30 humans having sex with animals (bestiality) images.

Edwards, aged 33, of Newport Street, Tiverton, denied five counts of making or possessing indecent images of children and two of possessing extreme pornography which shows bestiality.

He was found guilty of all offences by the jury at Exeter Crown Court where Recorder Mr James Watson adjourned sentence and ordered a probation pre sentence report.

He granted Edwards bail until his sentence, which is likely to be in the New Year.

123