Badness-browsing Belgian busted on Brit break
Police pulled-in over public porn perusal
A Belgian man last week week pleaded guilty to possessing indecent images of children while on a visit to Manchester.
According to a spokeswoman for Manchester Magistrates Court, where Tim Verrydt appeared on Monday 10 January, the 23-year-old of Kappellestraat, Mol, Belgium, owned up to 21 separate charges. The majority of these related to possession of indecent images of children (most being contrary to s160 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988).
The downloads had taken place the previous week on 5 January, while he was staying at the Britannia Airport Hotel on Palatine Road, Northenden, initially leading to speculation that the hotel actively monitors its Wi-Fi network for unlawful content.
We asked Britannia Hotels whether this went on and, apart from suggesting that access to porn might be blocked on their network, they would offer no comment.
According to Manchester Police, however, the lesson of this case would appear to be not to ascribe to hi-tech snooping what can as well be explained by individual naivety.
A spokeswoman for the GMP told us that Verrydt was using his laptop quite openly in the hotel bar. Another guest happened to notice the nature of the content being downloaded and police officers were called to attend.
Following his court appearance earlier this week, Verrydt will appear before the Crown Court for sentencing on 31 January. ®
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Probably images that are perfectly legal in the rest of Europe, but banned in Victorian Britain by Gordon the moron.
Let's all go and hang him now.
I'm sure his parents will be gratefull you stopped before the door number. Next time you can even provide his mobile phone and number plate surely?
Define child pornography
The present law is fundamentally unjust. It is:
* A law so vague that nobody can actually tell you what is illegal
* A law known as "child pornography" that makes much more than just pornography illegal
* A law so so widely drawn that some people can not even comprehend that a photograph they possess could be illegal
* A law which is inherenly enforced in secret. It is illegal to show the public what has been made illegal in their name.
* A law which results in many photographs in quite ordinary family albums being illegal. The Ministry of Justice even admits to that. The CPS has to decide not to prosecute. Is it really safe to leave decisions which can destroy the life of the accused, sometimes literally, to the bureaucrats in the CPS?
NB. Child pornography should be illegal, no question about that, but that is not what the law says. The law itself is dishonest and many of those entrusted with enforcing it quite wilfully misrepresent it.