Paedophile petition gathering momentum

Bournemouth Echo: CAMPAIGN: Martyn Underhill CAMPAIGN: Martyn Underhill

POLICE commissioners nationwide have been urged to join the campaign to stop a paedophile getting back pictures of his victim.

Dorset’s PCC, Martyn Underhill has written to all the commissioners asking them to support legal and political moves.

And he is also asking MPs to sign a government e-petition launched on the issue.

As the Daily Echo reported last week, the paedophile was jailed for nine years in December for abusing his young stepdaughter.

Now he has formally asked for his laptop and mobile phone to be returned to him when he completes the custodial part of his sentences.

Both devices have family pictures on them – including images of the victim and her sister.

They are not indecent photographs, but neither the girls nor their mother want him to have access to them.

But Dorset police say, under current law, the paedophile must have his property returned intact because the devices and contents did not form part of the case against him.

Both Mr Underhill and Bournemouth East MP Tobias Ellwood have taken up the case.

Mr Underhill said: “This is not a quick win. It’s a matter of exploring a number of avenues, both politically and legally, to get this matter resolved – not just for this family but for others too.

“It is totally unacceptable and wholly outrageous that any victim and their family should be put in this situation.”

He added: “A number of other police commissioners have already come on board which is excellent news.”

Merseyside’s PCC, Jane Kennedy said: “This loophole in the law gives those people convicted of these depraved crimes further control and power over those they have abused.

“Victims should always be our priority.

“They must be at the heart of the criminal justice system and that’s why I have added my name to Martyn Underhill’s e-petition.”

Issue taken up by MP

MP Tobias Ellwood has already taken the issue up with the Attorney General, Dominic Grieve, who has asked for a full report on the Dorset case.

Meanwhile, a civil rights group, Liberty, has indicated that it will take the matter to the High Court.

To sign the e-petition go to epetitions.direct.gov.uk/ petitions63590.

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8:24am Sat 19 Apr 14

RM says...

A petition well worth signing IMO. My heart goes out to the girls & their Mum.
A petition well worth signing IMO. My heart goes out to the girls & their Mum. RM
  • Score: 5

11:56am Sat 19 Apr 14

PUZZLED ONE says...

All it needs for someone to properly erase the hard drive of the laptop and say 'Ooops' !
The phone could then be microwaved after removing the battery - who would know?
All it needs for someone to properly erase the hard drive of the laptop and say 'Ooops' ! The phone could then be microwaved after removing the battery - who would know? PUZZLED ONE
  • Score: 9

6:26pm Sat 19 Apr 14

poolebabe says...

What we don't want is for the devices to be "accidently" erased. Some fat cat solicitor will only fight for some sort of compensation. Better the tax payers money goes on challenging the law, and it prevents other perverts doing the same.

I am surprised liberty are threatening to go to the high Court on behalf of the victims though. It wouldn't have surprised me to see them on the side of the guilty seeing as the devices did not form part of the investigation. It's about time we saw them acting on behalf of the right side. Good show!
What we don't want is for the devices to be "accidently" erased. Some fat cat solicitor will only fight for some sort of compensation. Better the tax payers money goes on challenging the law, and it prevents other perverts doing the same. I am surprised liberty are threatening to go to the high Court on behalf of the victims though. It wouldn't have surprised me to see them on the side of the guilty seeing as the devices did not form part of the investigation. It's about time we saw them acting on behalf of the right side. Good show! poolebabe
  • Score: 1

10:01pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Bournemouth87 says...

Tobias Elwood actually making a decision. Pretty easy decision to make to be fair, as if he didn't support this case then "the people" wouldn't be happy. Tobias to actually do something makes a change.
Tobias Elwood actually making a decision. Pretty easy decision to make to be fair, as if he didn't support this case then "the people" wouldn't be happy. Tobias to actually do something makes a change. Bournemouth87
  • Score: 0

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