Doncaster man denies porn charges

Alan Barnfield

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A Doncaster man accused of possessing extreme pornography has said the illicit material was already on his computer when he bought it.

Factory worker Alan Barnfield, aged 45, has denied four counts of making child pornography and five counts of possessing extreme pornographic images at Sheffield Crown Court.

Police searching Barnfield’s flat on Hexthorpe Lane, Doncaster, in August 2012 seized a laptop, USB stick with SD card and an external hardrive, which all contained indecent images and videos.

Barnfield told police the pornographic images were already on his computer devices when he purchased them from the CeX store in Doncaster town centre.

Martin Critchley, the CeX store manager, told the court Barnfield held a member’s account at the store.

However, he said he could find no record of Barnfield’s alleged purchase and explained that even if the items were bought for cash there would still be a record of the serial number and product on the system.

CeX buys, sells and exchanges technology and entertainment products including computers.

Mr Critchley told the court that when equipment such a SD cards and laptops are bought by the store they are checked to make sure all personal data on the device is deleted.

The battery is also reset before being sold on.

He said if a device is brought into the store and found to contain illegal material, it would be reported to the police immediately, in line with company’s policy.

He told the court that there was room for human error and data being missed, but it had never happened in the Doncaster store to his knowledge. It had happened at other stores, he said.

He added: “It’s rare, but it does happen.”

The trial continues.