A 44-year old British man has been arraigned for watching the “worst variety” of child pornography, despite the fact that he’s actually blind.
Andrew Shaw and his wife who is also blind were helped into the Blackpool Magistrates Court by their guide dogs.
According to the Blackpool Gazette, Shaw faces three counts of possessing 71 obscene images of children on his computer. Twelve of the images are alleged to be of the worst variety.
His lawyer Allan Cobain said: “This is an unusual case as my client is registered blind. He has no sight in one eye and only a small amount in the other. It may be argued that difficulty with his vision makes it difficult for him to put an age to images he downloads. He may think he is looking at 16-year-olds.”
He successfully asked magistrates to adjourn proceedings so that the Crown Prosecution Service could look at the file again.