Judge blasts lorry driver’s ‘untrue’ and ‘ridiculous’ excuses for child porn stash

Martin will appear at Luton Crown Court on December 4

Martin will appear at Luton Crown Court on December 4

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A Polish lorry driver’s excuses for having child pornography on his laptop ‘ranged from the untrue to the ridiculous,’ a court heard this afternoon.

Marek Matyjaszczyk, 55, pleaded guilty to possessing 40 videos of child porn but claimed that the material had been downloaded in error from a filesharing website.

In June 2014 the 55-year-old came to the attention of the National Crime Agency, who tracked his IP address and obtained a search warrant.

Officers seized two laptops, hard drives and CDs from his home on Potters Close, Wootton, and found the explicit material.

The majority of the videos were in the most serious category and one of the clips on Matyjaszczyk’s computer showed a girl between the ages of five and eight being sexually abused in a barn.

The 55-year-old claimed that he watched the video by mistake, but Laura Blackband, prosecuting, today told Luton Crown Court that the clip was descriptively titled.

The court heard that although a large quantity of videos had been discovered there was no evidence that Matyjaszczyk was directly involved in the sexual abuse of the children depicted.

In mitigation Renata Jurenko, defending, said: “He does understand the psychological impact that this has on young children.

“Sometimes the enormity (of material) is difficult to fully admit but he had accepted guilt at the first opportunity.

“The court will be used to seeing possession or distribution where the amount of these images runs into the thousands.

“In this case it must fall towards the lower end of possession.”

However, Judge Michael Kay stressed that the quantity of explicit videos was very large and sentenced Matyjaszczyk to eight months imprisonment.

He said: “The horrific exploitation of young girls and boy in this industry is why the court takes this serious view.

“By being involved in downloading this you form a market for people who would abuse children in that way.”

He added that Matyjaszczyk’s excuses for possessing the extreme material ‘ranged from the untrue to the ridiculous’.

Judge Kay said: “You knew full well what had been downloaded and you do not seem to have stopped using that software.

“You show a lack of remorse and failure to come to terms with your behaviour.”