The trial of David Cameron’s former aide Patrick Rock began today (May 31) – and looks like ending today, after the jury retired to consider whether the 20 images they have been shown were indecent.
Hang on! Only 20 images? Rock was originally charged with owning 59 such images – and of making three himself.
Where are the rest of them and why has the jury not been shown them?
A former aide to the prime minister downloaded images of scantily clad girls aged as young as 10 but denies the pictures were indecent, a court has heard.
Patrick Rock, 64, has admitted downloading 20 images of nine girls to his computer from a free-to-view website over three days in August 2013, and jurors at his trial were told they would have to decide whether the pictures broke the law.
The prosecution argued the images showed girls, although not naked, in sexual poses that drew attention to their genitals and breasts.
But Rock’s defence lawyer compared the images to Britney Spears’ video for her 1998 song Baby One More Time, which she made when she was 16.
The jury at Southwark crown court was shown the images, which featured identified girls aged 10 to 16 posing in clothing including bikinis, hot pants and a bra, and a ballet tutu.
Rock, of Fulham, south-west London, denies 20 charges of making an indecent photograph of a child between 31 July and 31 August 2013.
The trial started on Tuesday morning and the jury of six men and six women has already retired to consider its verdicts.
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