‘Blind’ man who downloaded the worst kind of child abuse images claims he didn’t know they were children.

Andrew Shaw, 44, was helped into Blackpool Magistrates Court by his guide dog. His wife, who is remaining supportive of her husband, is also blind and was led to the court by her own guide dog.

Shaw from Thornton, faces three offences of possessing 71 indecent images of children on his computer. Twelve of the images are said to be of the worst kind.

For the defence, 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.” Magistrates adjourned proceedings so that the Crown Prosecution Service could look at the file again to decide whether to continue with the prosecution.