An appeal by a decorated previous cops chief versus her conviction for having a kid abuse video on her phone has been declined by the court of appeal.
The previous superintendent Robyn Williams was founded guilty in November 2019 after being sent out an unsolicited video through WhatsApp of a child being abused, regardless of never viewing the images. The prosecution accepted she had no sexual interest in kids, however she was sentenced to 200 hours of community service for possession of an indecent image.
The conviction caused her fast-track sacking by the Metropolitan cops, ending a 36-year career during which she had actually been hailed as a role model, commended for her work after the Grenfell Tower fire and granted the Queen’s Police Medal.
Williams’s barrister, Anesta Weekes, told the court there was “not even a suggestion” her customer had enjoyed the 54-second video. However the appeal was declined by Dame Victoria Sharp, sitting with Mr Justice Sweeney and Mrs Justice Ellenbogen.
Williams had actually been sent out the clip by her older sister Jennifer Hodge, 57, who had originally been sent it by her long-lasting partner, 63-year-old Dido Massivi. The convictions of all 3 under paedophilia laws were upheld.
Sharp said: “The applications made on behalf of all three appellants in this case are refused for reasons which will be bied far later.”
Weekes informed the appeal court that the case versus Williams, 56, at trial was that “there was a clear image and you were taking a look at a thumbnail for some 12 seconds, so you should have seen that indecent image”.
But she said experts were unable to effectively take a look at Williams’s phone, including: “There is an aspect of unfairness here if you do not even have the really phone and you can not demonstrate on the phone … how clear it [the thumbnail] would be.”
Richard Wright QC, for the crown, stated: “The specialists were plainly not giving proof about what Ms Williams did see. They were offering proof about what existed on her phone to be seen and that was the central concern in the event and one which needed skilled evidence to rebuild the thumbnail, its clearness, its size and how it would have appeared in the absence of the initial thumbnail.”
Hodge, of Brent in north-west London, was found guilty of distributing an indecent picture of a kid, actions she informed the court were intended to discover the abuser responsible, and was sentenced to 100 hours of community service.
Massivi, likewise of Brent, was convicted of 2 counts of dispersing an indecent photograph of a child, and one count of having an extreme adult image depicting a person having sex with a horse.