Attorney General to investigate case of paedophile who wants pictures of victim returned

Bournemouth Echo: POISED TO ACT: Attorney General Dominic Grieve POISED TO ACT: Attorney General Dominic Grieve

THE Attorney General is to look into the case of the convicted paedophile who has asked for pictures of his victim back.

Yesterday the Echo revealed how the offender – jailed for nine years in December for sexual offences against his young stepdaughter – is seeking the return of family photos on his laptop and mobile phone.

The images are not indecent and did not form part of the inquiry so Dorset Police say they must hand them back when the 58-year-old leaves prison.

Now Tobias Ellwood, Bourne-mouth East MP, has contacted Dominic Grieve to raise the issue and the law officer has pledged to investigate.

Mr Ellwood phoned the Attorney General direct after seeing the Echo story.

“He feels, as I do, that this situation is totally wrong and completely unacceptable,” said Mr Ellwood.

“No victim of abuse should be put in this position.

“It makes no difference that these are family photos.

“They should not be returned to the abuser.

“This situation in no way helps the family begin to get some kind of closure, detach themselves from this individual and move on with their lives.”

Mr Ellwood said the Attorney General had requested a full report on the issue before deciding on any action.

He added: “This whole situation is simply wrong and it is quite understandable that there has been a huge outcry.”

Dorset’s Police Commissioner Martyn Underhill is also taking up the case, calling for a change in the law. He has launched a government e-petition.

And Liberty, who are representing the family, say they may take the issue to the High Court.

n To sign the petition go to epetitions.direct.gov.uk/ petitions/63590.

THE national charity Mosac, which supports parents and carers of abused children, has thrown its support behind calls for changes in the law.

A spokesman from the charity said: “We fully support changes in the law to help protect children.

“It is Mosac’s experience that many offenders will continue to attempt to control their victims and their families in any way they can, even after a conviction, so legislation needs to be consistently protective.”

The spokesman added: “There are currently a number of pieces of legislation that can cause our clients unreasonable distress, where various scenarios were either not considered at the outset, or there are conflicts of law.”

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9:08am Sat 12 Apr 14

a.g.o.g. says...

So let`s hope that at least the AG is wearing his ``Mr. Sensible`` hat when he reviews this issue...............
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So let`s hope that at least the AG is wearing his ``Mr. Sensible`` hat when he reviews this issue............... ........ a.g.o.g.
  • Score: 11

9:59am Sat 12 Apr 14

libertyxx says...

Is the law missing the fact this monster was a STEP FATHER to the girls why in the world would he have any rights to have family pictures he has the worst images of all already in his vile brain, he will be protected in prison from other inmates he ONLY got 9 years and now instead of the LAW protecting these girls AND their mum there now has to be a debate to STOP this vile man.The monster should be serving his pathetic sentence but instead from a cell he is STILL abusing those girls .I am a survivor of child abuse by a family member the LAW must be changed for the girls AND their mum
Is the law missing the fact this monster was a STEP FATHER to the girls why in the world would he have any rights to have family pictures he has the worst images of all already in his vile brain, he will be protected in prison from other inmates he ONLY got 9 years and now instead of the LAW protecting these girls AND their mum there now has to be a debate to STOP this vile man.The monster should be serving his pathetic sentence but instead from a cell he is STILL abusing those girls .I am a survivor of child abuse by a family member the LAW must be changed for the girls AND their mum libertyxx
  • Score: 16

10:04am Sat 12 Apr 14

libertyxx says...

Just to add I have nothing against step fathers I am just stating that this monster abused his right as a step father
Just to add I have nothing against step fathers I am just stating that this monster abused his right as a step father libertyxx
  • Score: 14

11:43am Sat 12 Apr 14

bmthgirl64 says...

The element of a control is an important issue in all this. Sexual abuse is about controlling the victim and, in this case , this vile man clearly wants to have his control of this young girl continue by possessing photos of her. I do not understand how, in modern Britain, this can be allowed to happen. I feel so sorry for his victim and the law should be protecting her. is there a petition we can sign? Someone must listen.
The element of a control is an important issue in all this. Sexual abuse is about controlling the victim and, in this case , this vile man clearly wants to have his control of this young girl continue by possessing photos of her. I do not understand how, in modern Britain, this can be allowed to happen. I feel so sorry for his victim and the law should be protecting her. is there a petition we can sign? Someone must listen. bmthgirl64
  • Score: 10

12:47pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Time_Traveller says...

bmthgirl64 wrote:
The element of a control is an important issue in all this. Sexual abuse is about controlling the victim and, in this case , this vile man clearly wants to have his control of this young girl continue by possessing photos of her. I do not understand how, in modern Britain, this can be allowed to happen. I feel so sorry for his victim and the law should be protecting her. is there a petition we can sign? Someone must listen.
Petition set up by Dorset Police Commissioner can be found on the link below:

epetitions.direct.go
v.uk/ petitions/63590
[quote][p][bold]bmthgirl64[/bold] wrote: The element of a control is an important issue in all this. Sexual abuse is about controlling the victim and, in this case , this vile man clearly wants to have his control of this young girl continue by possessing photos of her. I do not understand how, in modern Britain, this can be allowed to happen. I feel so sorry for his victim and the law should be protecting her. is there a petition we can sign? Someone must listen.[/p][/quote]Petition set up by Dorset Police Commissioner can be found on the link below: epetitions.direct.go v.uk/ petitions/63590 Time_Traveller
  • Score: 4

2:08pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Lord Parkstone says...

Why on earth does the attorney general want a full report before deciding? He doesnt need a report its quite simple the abuser can go whistle he lost all rights to anything to do with family the moment he started interfering. This countries legal system is joke its antiquated and out of touch it needs a total overhaul whereby more emphasis is on the victim and their rights and not so focused on the alleged rights of the criminal.
Why on earth does the attorney general want a full report before deciding? He doesnt need a report its quite simple the abuser can go whistle he lost all rights to anything to do with family the moment he started interfering. This countries legal system is joke its antiquated and out of touch it needs a total overhaul whereby more emphasis is on the victim and their rights and not so focused on the alleged rights of the criminal. Lord Parkstone
  • Score: 6

2:55pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Bob Bournemouth says...

Good for Martin Underhill and Tobia Elwood for pursuing this matter - the pervert should have no rights after what he has done. Let this poor girl see justice done.
Good for Martin Underhill and Tobia Elwood for pursuing this matter - the pervert should have no rights after what he has done. Let this poor girl see justice done. Bob Bournemouth
  • Score: 7

3:00pm Sat 12 Apr 14

keith milton says...

trusting a politician with anything to do with paedophilia,

is like having a vampire take care of a bloodbank.

all politicians should be vetted.
trusting a politician with anything to do with paedophilia, is like having a vampire take care of a bloodbank. all politicians should be vetted. keith milton
  • Score: -4

3:03pm Sat 12 Apr 14

PUZZLED ONE says...

All it needs is for someone to 'accidentally' wipe the whole hard drive while checking that the files are still on the drive and not corrupted.
All it needs is for someone to 'accidentally' wipe the whole hard drive while checking that the files are still on the drive and not corrupted. PUZZLED ONE
  • Score: 5

5:00pm Sat 12 Apr 14

spooki says...

PUZZLED ONE wrote:
All it needs is for someone to 'accidentally' wipe the whole hard drive while checking that the files are still on the drive and not corrupted.
Yes, oh I left my magnet and large cup of coffee here and oh no....
[quote][p][bold]PUZZLED ONE[/bold] wrote: All it needs is for someone to 'accidentally' wipe the whole hard drive while checking that the files are still on the drive and not corrupted.[/p][/quote]Yes, oh I left my magnet and large cup of coffee here and oh no.... spooki
  • Score: 3

6:21pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Yankee1 says...

There is a provision in the law in my state where I winter in the US, where prisoners deemed as being a threat if released, can be held by the state after their sentence has been served in order to protect the public.

Pedophiles who exhibit the sort of behaviour as this man - demanding back photos that will cause his victim further pain - would be deemed as suitable to be held after the conviction has been spent. Perhaps a threat such as that would focus that man's mind on what is right. Or he can be locked away until he sees the light.

EU law is, as we say, an ****, if it gives rights to pedophiles to continue to haunt its victims who NEVER are released from that awful crime.
There is a provision in the law in my state where I winter in the US, where prisoners deemed as being a threat if released, can be held by the state after their sentence has been served in order to protect the public. Pedophiles who exhibit the sort of behaviour as this man - demanding back photos that will cause his victim further pain - would be deemed as suitable to be held after the conviction has been spent. Perhaps a threat such as that would focus that man's mind on what is right. Or he can be locked away until he sees the light. EU law is, as we say, an ****, if it gives rights to pedophiles to continue to haunt its victims who NEVER are released from that awful crime. Yankee1
  • Score: 7

6:31pm Sat 12 Apr 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

keith milton wrote:
trusting a politician with anything to do with paedophilia,

is like having a vampire take care of a bloodbank.

all politicians should be vetted.
I'm just as concerned about the amount of sympathy judges have for them.
[quote][p][bold]keith milton[/bold] wrote: trusting a politician with anything to do with paedophilia, is like having a vampire take care of a bloodbank. all politicians should be vetted.[/p][/quote]I'm just as concerned about the amount of sympathy judges have for them. HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: -2

6:58pm Sat 12 Apr 14

BIGTONE says...

Dominic Grieve to raise the issue and the law officer has pledged to investigate.


He must be asking himself the question.......what'
s going on down there?
Dominic Grieve to raise the issue and the law officer has pledged to investigate. He must be asking himself the question.......what' s going on down there? BIGTONE
  • Score: 1

10:29pm Sat 12 Apr 14

MotorbikeSam says...

Dominic Grieve has to abide by the law, his task in this case is not to do as he pleases it is to do as the law would dictate. But what ever he decides will be the same decision that any other criminal sentenced to 9 years would get.
And as for that idiot who suggested all politician are pedophiles or sympathetic to their cause are talking tosh, if Mr Milton has evidence let hear it, name mames........ i thought so silence... so he should put up or shut up !!
Dominic Grieve has to abide by the law, his task in this case is not to do as he pleases it is to do as the law would dictate. But what ever he decides will be the same decision that any other criminal sentenced to 9 years would get. And as for that idiot who suggested all politician are pedophiles or sympathetic to their cause are talking tosh, if Mr Milton has evidence let hear it, name mames........ i thought so silence... so he should put up or shut up !! MotorbikeSam
  • Score: 2

9:39am Sun 13 Apr 14

RM says...

I normally don't have much time for either our PCC or politicians but in this case well done to both Martyn Underhill & Tobias Ellwood for getting involved & helping this family. However, there has to be something seriously wrong with laws that allow a convicted paedo to have these 'rights'. Has Judge Wiggs been making laws as well as administering them?
I normally don't have much time for either our PCC or politicians but in this case well done to both Martyn Underhill & Tobias Ellwood for getting involved & helping this family. However, there has to be something seriously wrong with laws that allow a convicted paedo to have these 'rights'. Has Judge Wiggs been making laws as well as administering them? RM
  • Score: 4

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