Manor Park pervert’s web ban is upheld

A Manor Park man who disseminated images of child abuse to other paedophiles over the Internet has had his pleas to be allowed back on the web turned down.

John Newman, 46, was jailed for three years at Southwark Crown Court last October after he admitted 13 counts of making indecent images of children and one of possessing indecent images.

Newman, of Romford Road, was also hit with a Sexual Offenders Prevention Order (SOPO), which banned him from owning or using an Internet-accessing computer, unless for work or education.

At the Court of Appeal last week, Newman accepted his jail term but asked judges to overturn his web ban. Three senior judges took less than five minutes to dismiss his arguments and upheld the terms of the SOPO.

Mr Justice Maddison told the court police arrested Newman in March 2009 after he was detected using “lurid” Internet chat rooms, popular with paedophiles.

The court heard police found more than 24,000 images of child abuse, and 384 movie clips, many of which were at the most depraved level as categorised by police. There were a further 150,000 images that police deemed it unnecessary to examine.

A pre-sentence report for the judge said Newman poses a “medium risk” to children.

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Mr Justice Maddison, sitting with Lord Justice Moses and Judge Clement Goldstone, dismissed his plea against the web ban.