6 Indecent Images of Children and 10 of extreme pornography were identified by Police on an Apple iPhone mobile phone. The Defendant was charged with making and possessing the images. The Defendant denied the charges and denied being aware of the presence of the images on his phone.
The evidence was obtained from the Police and examined by an Athena Forensics Mobile Phone Forensic Expert who found that the indecent images of children and extreme pornography were located within WhatsApp messages that had been received from other users.
One of the images had been sent from the handset, however, the age and nature of that image were not believed to satisfy the guidelines for an indecent image of a child.
An joint expert agreement was produced between our expert and the Police expert.
The Prosecution offered no evidence following discussion with the Police expert and the charges were dropped.