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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Cumbrian child porn accused denies sexual interest in children

A man accused of downloading hundreds of images of child pornography has denied having a sexual interest in children.

Related: Child porn images were downloaded by mistake, man tells court

Nicky Horsfall, 31, from Hillcrest, Northside, Workington, denies accessing the array of indecent images, some containing children as young as three.

He claims that he downloaded the images, some 395, accidently while searching for legal pornography featuring adults.

The images were discovered when police seized his computers on October 12.

At Carlisle Crown Court, Horsfall gave his evidence and when asked by defence barrister David Wales if he had a sexual interest in children, he replied: “No, of course not. I do use the internet mainly for work stuff, eBay and I do look for porn. Only what you would be able to buy down the shop.”

He was then asked if he checked the titles of what he was downloading, to which he responded “No”, and how often he downloaded pornography to which he claimed “on the weekend, but not every weekend”.

Horsfall added: “If I had figured out how to stop it then I would have.”

He then admitted to having searched for some of the pornographic terms on a search engine in order to find the “keyword that was causing the problems” after claiming to have downloaded indecent images of children accidently during other searches.

Tim Evans, prosecuting, asked: “Why were you doing multiple downloads if you were still getting films you didn’t want?” Horsfall responded: “It’s quicker. I’m stubborn, what can I say?”

The jury is set to deliver a verdict today after both sides summed up their cases yesterday.

Mr Evans said that there was evidence that Horsfall knowingly searched and accessed the indecent images. He said: “Or are the literally hundreds [of images] there by accident? In the sense of them coming on without any deliberate downloading action by him? As far as the Crown are concerned, the answer is no.”

The trial continues.

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