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School porn plot man given 12 years

A handyman who ruined a school caretaker's life by planting child pornography on his computer has been jailed for 12 years.

Neil Weiner launched the "wickedly evil and vile plot" hoping to get Eddie Thompson sacked so that he could be promoted.

Weiner, 40, was convicted of perverting the course of justice and two counts of possessing indecent images of children at the Old Bailey.

Judge David Paget told him: "What you did to a decent and honest man was in my view wicked. It is difficult to imagine a more cunning, deceitful or warped course of conduct than yours in this case, or a more malicious one."

The court heard how he sent police a CD containing indecent images of children saying they came from Mr Thompson's laptop.

Hundreds more pictures were later found on the computer and the caretaker was arrested in October 2006.

He told police he had been set up by colleagues who did not like him but it was eight months before he was told no further action would be taken.

When the details of the allegations were leaked by Weiner to a local newspaper, Mr Thompson and his wife became afraid to leave the house, after he received threats and they were spat at in public.

Even when he returned from suspension to Swanlea secondary school, in Whitechapel, east London, where he had worked since 1993, Mr Thompson said he was shunned by nearly all the staff, making his life "almost unbearable".

"My life and good name was nearly destroyed by a villain who tried to destroy my reputation in a monstrous manner," said the Scottish-born caretaker, 62, in a victim impact statement read to the court. "This must be the work of a depraved mind."

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