68 Indecent Images of Children were identified by Police on an Apple laptop computer and an Apple iPhone mobile phone. Defendant charged with making and possessing the images along with other charges. The Defendant denied the charges and claimed that they had been sent to him unsolicited.
The evidence was obtained from the Police and examined by an Athena Forensics Computer Forensic Expert who found that 64 of the images had been created by the automatic operation of the Internet browsing software on the computer and may not have been viewed by the user.
Also, any specific references to ages on the pages that had contained those images was that they were over the age of 18 and relate to a well known adult pornographic website.
The images that were found on the mobile phone had been received within a WhatsApp chat group when another member of the group had sent them to all users. The Defendant had made no attempt to click or view them.
A joint expert agreement was produced between our expert and the Police expert.
The Defendant was found not guilty after trial by Jury of all of the charges relating to the presence of the images on the mobile phone and computer.