A man accused of watching child porn was spared jail after instructing a top sex offence lawyer.

Mr A was brought in for voluntary questioning by Scotland Yard detectives and later charged with having indecent images of children.

The grim images were discovered hidden on laptops recovered from his apartment.

Experienced crime lawyer Kate Blackmore, from Stuart Miller Solicitors, was instructed to represent Mr A following his arrest.

With Mr A facing an immediate prison sentence of at least a year, Ms Blackmore immediately requested an independent computer expert to analyse the data seized by police.

The report crucially revealed that there were fewer indecent images than purported by detectives.

Ms Blackmore also chose the barrister she felt would best represent Mr A during his sentencing and provided lengthy mitigation to persuade the judge to show clemency.

The accomplished solicitor also obtained positive character references on Mr A’s behalf.

Her strong defence work meant that the judge sided against imposing an immediate custodial sentence.

Instead, Mr A was released with a sentence of four months, suspended for 18 months.

A spokesman for Stuart Miller Solicitors said: “Kate has vast experience dealing with sexual offence cases and in particular cases of this kind.

“Mr A was extremely happy with the outcome of avoiding an immediate custodial sentence.”

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