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Prosecution on "Shameless" Defendant

Jon Gregg successfully prosecuted Stewart Hannah to conviction on twenty-one counts of making indecent images of children in a trial at Leeds Crown Court.

 

Jon Gregg secures conviction of “Shameless” computer expert.

Jon Gregg successfully prosecuted Stewart Hannah to conviction on twenty-one counts of making indecent images of children in a trial at Leeds Crown Court.  The police discovered vast numbers of images on computers found at his home, and his wife’s workplace.  Mr. Hannah, a computer expert who had worked in the industry for many years, initially denied that he had made the images.  There followed a trial of considerable technical complexity, with two experts being called for the Prosecution.  Despite seeking to challenge the evidence, and displaying his considerable knowledge of the subject before the experts and jury, Mr. Hannah eventually admitted that he had in fact made the images, but sought to put a different gloss on his actions, as detailed in the newspaper coverage surrounding the trial.  His efforts failed to convince the jury, who convicted him in short order.

A sex offender was branded “pathetic” after being found guilty of downloading more than 29,000 indecent images of children.

Frank Gallagher look-alike Stewart Hannah, 38, was given a 12 month sentence yesterday after a jury took less than an hour to convict him of 21 child porn charges. Hannah browsed the internet for illegal images under his nickname Frank G - a reference to his nickname after the character played by David Threlfall in TV drama Shameless.

The jury heard Hannah has previously served a prison sentence for sexually assaulting girls under the age of 16.

Giving evidence Hannah denied the child porn offences, claiming the teenage victims of his earlier crimes had broken into his home while he was in jail and stole his computers.

Hannah then claimed they downloaded thousands of child porn images onto the software before breaking into his home again and planting the equipment. He then told the jury he had discovered the illegal material upon his release from prison and notified his probation officer and police.

Hannah claimed authorities took no action and instead encouraged him to keep on viewing the material as he was helping to “fight crime.”

Jailing him, judge James Spencer, QC, said: “The jury has rejected your explanation for what happened. I am not surprised having heard the evidence. It is clear that it was your pathetic attempt to escape responsibility.”

Police arrested computer expert Hannah, now of Inglewood Avenue, Huddersfield, in 2010 after executing a search warrant at his wife’s work premises at West End Marina and seizing equipment which was found to contain child porn. More was found after machines were taken from his home in Soothill, Batley.

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