...By Lola Smith for TDPel Media.
Caerwyn Harry William John Ash, a former contestant on MasterChef, responded with strong language when accused in court of downloading indecent images of children.
Ash, aged 41, who reached the quarter-finals of the 2016 series of the popular BBC food programme, is currently on trial at Cardiff Crown Court.
He faces charges of possessing indecent images, prohibited images, extreme pornography, and attempting to pervert the court of public justice related to an alleged threat to publish sexually explicit material involving police officers.
Conflicting Testimonies and Allegations
During the trial, Ash claimed that he had given a hard drive to a photographer named Trevor James, but James denied ever receiving a computer or hard drive from Ash.
However, James did admit to getting to know Ash through a website called Fab Swingers and engaging in consensual sexual videos with Ash.
Denials, Accusations, and Claims of Innocence
Barrister James Wilson presented evidence suggesting that illegal images were found on multiple devices and accused Ash of transferring them from one hard drive to another.
Ash vehemently denied the accusation and stated that he believed the images were planted on his devices.
When confronted with the suggestion that he was solely responsible for the illegal images, Ash strongly disagreed and maintained his innocence, claiming he had never seen those images.
Police Investigation and Interviews
The court previously heard that police executed a search warrant at Ash’s partner’s house in April 2019, where electronic devices were seized from a shed or office garden on the property.
Indecent images and extreme pornography were reportedly discovered on a computer tower and a computer hard drive.
During interviews with the police following his arrest, Ash claimed that “a whole list of other people” had access to his equipment, implying that they could have been responsible for the illegal images.
The trial of Caerwyn Harry William John Ash, former MasterChef contestant, continues at Cardiff Crown Court as he faces charges related to possessing indecent images.
With conflicting testimonies and allegations, Ash strongly denies the charges, claiming innocence and suggesting that the images were planted on his devices.
The court will further examine the evidence and testimonies to determine the outcome of the trial.
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