A 44-year-old blind man, Andrew Shaw has been arraigned in a Blackpool Magistrates Court, U.K, for watching child p0rnography. However, he claimed he had no idea what he was watching was p0rn, let alone one that featured underage children, because he can’t see.
Andrew who was led to the court by his black Labrador guide dog, was charged with three offences of possessing 71 downloaded obscene images of children on his computer. Twelve of the images are alleged to be of the worst variety.
Alongside his wife who was also led to the court by her white Labrador guide dog to support her husband. He faces three offences of possessing 71 downloaded obscene images of children on his computer. Twelve of the images are alleged to be of the worst variety.
Defending his client, his lawyer said Allan Cobain;
“This is an unusual case as my client is registered blind. He has no sight in one eye and only a small amount in the other. It may be argued that difficulty with his vision makes it difficult for him to put an age to images he downloads. He may think he is looking at 16-year olds.”
Andrew who was however granted bail, as the case has been adjourned has reportedly been under investigation for more than a year, as Crown Prosecutor Jim Mowbray said the prosecution case had been carefully looked at before court proceedings had started.