Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Barker's son jailed over child porn

The son of Ronnie Barker, pictured, has been jailed for making indecent images of children

The son of comedian Ronnie Barker has been jailed for a year after he admitted making indecent images of children.

Adam Barker, 44, went on the run for eight years, living in Hungary, and missed his father's funeral in his attempt to beat justice.

On Friday, at Isleworth Crown Court in west London, he was finally punished after admitting being in possession of 1,675 indecent images and videos and 20 counts of making indecent images of children.

Of the 1,675 images and videos, 92 were graded level four - the second highest in seriousness, showing children involved in penetrative sex. He obtained the images between January 1999 and June 2003.

Barker paid for the images with his credit card, which alerted police who raided his home in Haven Lane, Ealing, west London, in the early hours of June 3 2003.

Ravinder Johal, prosecuting, said Barker confessed to police there were "some things on the computer". The officers removed the equipment and CDs and Barker, who appeared in court with a goatee beard and having lost a lot of weight, was bailed to June 24, 2004.

But he went Awol and travelled out of the jurisdiction to Hungary. He missed the deaths and funerals of both his parents and refused to return. He only came back to Britain after his funds ran out, Mr Johal said.

Barker, who has served the equivalent of six months so far on remand, told the police he lived alone in Budapest with no contact from family and friends. His barrister, Simon Ray, said Barker unequivocally accepted his wrongdoing and that he did not know of his famous father and mother's deaths "until relatively recently".

Judge Rosa Dean gave Barker full credit for pleading guilty at the first opportunity - which she acknowledged seemed odd with his going on the run for almost a decade. But when he did eventually return Barker did plead guilty after being arraigned at court last month. He would have been jailed for 18 months after a trial.

Barker will be on the sex offenders register for 10 years, was banned from working with children and subjected to a Sexual Offenders Prevention Order with conditions governing his use of the internet.

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