A Watford man has been sentenced to two years in jail in his absence today (Friday) after being caught with indecent images of children for a second time.
Martin Garrett, 48, did not turn up for this trial at St Albans Crown Court, where he faced six charges of making (downloading) images and one of breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
He was convicted of the charges by the jury and was sentenced to two years by Judge Andrew Bright QC.
At the start of the trial, prosecutor Stephen Earnshaw said that on April 20, 2015, the police went to his flat in Whippendell Road and seized an Acer laptop and a USB stick.
When the computer was examined, an expert found 22 images at Category A, the most serious level, 27 at Category B, and 23 at Category C, the least serious level.
Mr Earnshaw told the jury: “In 2014 he was convicted of similar offences and was subjected to an order banning him from deleting his internet history.”
But the prosecutor said the expert found he had installed a “clean up” programme called C-Clean which allows users delete their internet history. The last time it had been used was March 30, 2015, three weeks before the police raid.
In a police interview, Garrett denied viewing indecent images of children on the laptop.
He will start his sentence when he is arrested.