A retired BBC director stuck with greater than 800 kid abuse photographs advised police he used to be a “prolific watcher” of grownup pornography but had no thought how unlawful subject material had discovered its manner onto his electronic gadgets, a court has heard.
Victor Melleney, SEVENTY SIX, who has labored on Landscape and Query Time, is accused of downloading and possessing indecent pictures of children among 2011 and 2018.
Kingston Crown Court heard that he did not dispute the life of the photographs, discovered on various digital devices seized from homes in West London.
On The Other Hand, he claimed that he had by no means searched for them, did not realize they were there and that that they had reputedly gave the impression “unintentionally”.
Paul Douglass, prosecuting, told the jury that 832 child abuse pictures – a lot of which have been Class A, probably the most serious type – were found on Mr Melleney’s computer systems and tough drives.
He introduced: “Mr Melleney does not dispute that the pictures or videos had been on his units.
“it is his case that he didn’t know that they were there.
“He says that he’s a prolific watcher of criminal pornography and the fabric for which he is now being prosecuted come what may were given onto his units accidentally while he used to be downloading prison subject material.
“The prosecution says that the defendant isn’t telling the truth about this.”
harddisk in dressing gown allegedly contained majority of indecent subject matter
Mr Douglass mentioned the sheer quantity of unlawful subject material, combined with how Mr Melleney allegedly used search phrases in step with the kid abuse photographs, indicated that his version of occasions used to be “evidently untrue”.
He added that whilst Mr Melleney had claimed to have “no hobby in such pictures”, he had given “no rationalization” for how they ended up on his units.
The courtroom heard that Mr Melleney used to be arrested on October 15 2018, after the National Crime Company discovered that IP addresses belonging to him had won indecent images.
Police attended two addresses, in Royal Crescent, Notting Hill and Sheffield Terrace, Kensington, between 7.30am and 8am.
His spouse opened the door at Sheffield Terrace and Mr Melleney used to be requested to sign up for them, which he did wearing a gentle-colored dressing robe.
He was requested if he had any devices and pointed officers to an Apple MacBook, an exterior harddisk and an iPad.
“It later transpired that in the pocket of the dressing gown that the defendant was dressed in was once a portable silver extremely-hard drive which contained the majority of the indecent images of youngsters – 612 of the total 832,” Mr Douglass mentioned.
Mr Melleny later told police that he had been viewing something at the hard disk the former evening.
The jury heard that he used peer to look era to get admission to the photographs, which negates the will for them to be shared on a primary server.
He subscribed to a platform referred to as Vuze, which contained record names “indicative of kid sexual abuse exploitation”.
Mr Melleney denies making indecent photographs of children, possessing prohibited pictures of kids, possessing an extreme video of sex with an animal and possessing a prohibited pornographic symbol
The trial keeps.