Ex-lecturer Julian Myerscough facing porn charges goes missing from court

Julian Myerscough

Julian Myerscough

A police search was under way last night after a former Suffolk law lecturer disappeared from court where he was facing charges of downloading child porn.

Julian Myerscough, a former criminal law lecturer at UEA in Norwich, is believed to have left court and caught a train from Ipswich station – shortly before the jury in his ten-day trial came back with guilty verdicts on all of the 16 charges he faced.

Last night, he had still not been located by police officers.

Ipswich Crown Court judge, Emma Peters, issued a warrant for 55-year-old Myerscough’s arrest as soon as it became apparent he had disappeared and took the jury’s verdicts in his absence.

She then told the jury: “You will see Mr Myerscough isn’t in court. Unfortunately he seems to have left the Ipswich area over lunch. I have issued a warrant for his arrest and significant steps are being taken to ensure he is taken into custody at the earliest point.”


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Myerscough, formerly of Alexandra Road, Lowestoft, had pleaded not guilty to three offences of breaching a sexual offences prevention order between December 2010 and September 2013 and 13 offences of making indecent images of children.

During his trial, in which he represented himself, the court heard that Myerscough was convicted in 2010 after a trial of five offences of making and possessing indecent images of children and cleared of 15 other offences.

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As a result of his conviction in 2010 Myerscough was made the subject of a sexual offences prevention order (SOPO)which banned him from having a computer or mobile phone that didn’t retain the internet use history and banned him from attempting to delete the internet history on his computer equipment

Marc Brown, prosecuting, said the prohibitions were designed to enable Myerscough’s internet activity to be monitored to ensure he didn’t continue to obtain and view indecent images of children.

On September 26, 2013 police executed search warrants at Myerscough’s former home address in Alexandra Road, Lowestoft and at his mother’s address in Bolton and seized a laptop computer, a computer tower and a USB memory stick.

When the equipment was inspected all three items were found to have indecent images of children, which were mainly in the form of videos, said Mr Brown.

Myerscough denied responsibility for the presence of indecent images of children on all three pieces of computer equipment but Mr Brown claimed that because of his previous conviction he was “forensically aware” and had gone to “significant lengths” to conceal his internet history. “We say he used a number of techniques to hide what he had been doing,” said Mr Brown.

Giving evidence during the trial Myerscough denied he got a sexual thrill out of watching young children being abused and that he was someone who “wouldn’t be told by the courts what he mustn’t do.”

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