11/04/2014

Police Will Return Victim Photos To Paedophile

A laptop and mobile phone containing photos of one of a convicted paedophile's victime, is to be returned to the man upon releases, as Dorset Police officers have said it would be illegal to delete them.

The man was jailed for nine years in 2013 after admitting a number of sex offences including assaulting a child under the age of 13.

It is understood that the devices contain personal photos of the victim, which the Dorset Police said cannot be deleted because they are not legally classified as indecent or prohibited.

The human rights campaigner Liberty, which is representing the victim and the family is arguing the return of the devices would breach two articles of the European Convention of the Human Rights, which protect against inhuman treatment and invasion of privacy.

The victim's mother said: "I am appalled that the man who abused my child can ask the police to hand over our family photos for him to keep for the rest of his life.

"My daughters struggle every day with the devastating consequences of his abuse and this will only make them feel more humiliated and degraded. Why should we continue to be traumatised further?"

The county's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Martin Underhill, said it was not the fault of the police and he would lobby to change the “fundamental error” in the law.

He added: "Think of the trauma this causes to the victims. And think of the control and power this gives the abuser."

(CVS/MH)

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