Man accused of having child porn images


More than 1,200 child pornography videos and images were found in a raid on a 30-year-old man’s home, the Supreme Court heard yesterday.

The pornography is alleged to have been on a laptop found under the man’s bed after a police search of his Devonshire home.

The court heard that the United States Department of Homeland Security contacted the Bermuda Police Service in March 2015 and told officers they had found a Bermudian IP address had accessed child pornography.

Bermuda officers tracked the IP address to the house where the defendant lived with his parents and mounted a dawn raid on the property five days later.

Police arrested the defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and his father and seized several computers and mobile phones.

The court was told the defendant’s father refused to give a statement to police, but the defendant answered several questions.

He told the officers that he had a tablet computer, which he thought he had left on his bed.

The defendant said that he used the tablet to watch movies and that other members of his family had also used it.

However, he denied any knowledge of it being used to view child pornography.

Police returned to the home the following day for another search and failed to find a tablet but found a laptop underneath the defendant’s bed.

Detective Constable Seymour Foote told the court he also discovered the laptop’s charging cable plugged in to a power outlet behind the dresser, but that the laptop was not plugged in.

He told the court the laptop may have been missed in the initial search because the room was “in a pretty messy state”.

Mr Foote said: “We just did a cursory search because there was a lot of rubbish on his bed, on the floor, all over.”

He added he saw snack bags, clothes and banana skins on the floor of the room.

The officer moved his hands about two feet apart and added: “There was about this much space on the bed for someone to sleep.”

Under cross-examination by Jerome Lynch QC, the lawyer for the defence, Mr Foote said that police did not check for fingerprints on the laptop.

DC Foote also said that the defendant’s wi-fi was not password protected for a period of time.

He agreed that police would not have made a second search of the family home had the defendant not told them about the tablet.

The defendant denies seven charges of accessing child pornography between April 12, 2010 and March 11, 2015.

Javone Rogers, for the prosecution, said the evidence would show the defendant used peer-to-peer file sharing networks to access 1,230 pornographic images and videos of prepubescent and postpubescent children.

He added there was no dispute about the nature of the material found on the laptop.

Mr Rogers told the jury: “The only issue you must concern yourselves with is if the defendant knowingly accessed the images and videos contained on that laptop.”

The trial continues.

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