Pervert spent five years downloading child abuse images on family computer
A man who used computers in his family home to download sick child porn images has failed in an attempt to clear his name.
Guy Pearce, 32 and of Anchor Lane, Canewdon, Rochford, “lied” to police, claiming he was not able to get computer equipment to work in his bedroom.
When cops raided his home though, they found a laptop under his bed.
London’s Appeal Court heard how it had only been used to access child abuse images through a file sharing site.
Pearce was convicted of four counts of making indecent images of children at Basildon Crown Court and handed a suspended jail term in March.
However, on November 15, at the Appeal Court, he asked Lord Justice Treacy to overturn his convictions.
The judge, who was sitting with Mr Justice Teare and Mr Justice Spencer, heard that Pearce has started downloading child pornography in 2009.
He continued this right up until the very night that the police raided his family home in April 2014.
He has used both the “family computer” and his own laptop to find sick images of youngsters, said the judge.
His lawyers today complained that his convictions should be overturned.
It was argued that the judge’s summing up to the jury at his trial was unbalanced and had “turned into an exercise in advocacy for the Crown.”
The judge had “improperly stepped into the arena” rather than giving an even-handed summary of the evidence on both sides, it was claimed.
But Lord Justice Treacy rejected the criticism of the trial judge.
He concluded: “We have come to the clear conclusion that this challenge must fail and the appeal is dismissed.”