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Last Updated: Thursday, 2 September, 2004, 14:42 GMT 15:42 UK
Ex-mayor's child porn trial opens
Chris Morgan and wife Nikki arriving at court
Mr Morgan with his wife Nikki at an earlier hearing
A former Tory mayor of North Tyneside downloaded child porn images from the internet, a court has heard.

Christopher Morgan, 34, denies five sample counts of making an indecent photograph of a boy under 16 between March 1999 and March 2003.

The case, at Hull Crown Court, centres on 59 deleted indecent photographs of children found on the hard disk of his personal computer.

Mr Morgan, of Tynedale Avenue, Whitley Bay, stepped down as mayor last year.

One session

The jury heard on Thursday that Mr Morgan visited an internet site and downloaded the illegal images.

Graham Reeds, prosecuting, said: "The evidence will centre around those 59 picture files which had once been usable on that computer's hard disk but which had been deleted and then were recovered by police."

Mr Reeds said the photographs were downloaded in one session, and almost certainly on the evening on April 7, 2002, when Morgan was at his computer at home and sending e-mails to colleagues regarding political matters.

The court heard that the person looking at the website showing the images of children was logged on as Dave 6805.

In interview, the defendant admitted he used that username, but denied he had done so on this occasion to look at the material.

He later told police in a statement that he was convinced his wife could not have been the person who downloaded the photographs.

The case continues.





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