DISGRACED justice campaigner and self-proclaimed anti-paedophile Jason Packer has been jailed over child abuse images and extreme pornography.
The children’s entertainer fought his prosecution until the very end of the £2,800 court case but is now in a cell starting a one-year sentence.
Packer, 45, instructed his barrister to tell a judge it was a ‘miscarriage of justice’ and he should not be sentenced.
But jailing him for 12 months, Recorder Frank Abbott said Packer being a ‘staunch campaigner’ combined with his conviction was a ‘worrying paradox’.
He said: ‘At the end of the day, before me is a man who purports to be a person against child pornography, a person who is someone who is against corruption of politicians, various types of child abuse, and has got images of the same on his computer.
‘It seems to me there really isn’t any excuse whatsoever.’
At the end of the day before me is a man who purports to be a person against child pornography, a person who is someone who is against corruption of policitians, various types of child abuse, and has got images of the same on his computerRecorder Frank Abbott
He added: ‘I hope by the time you’ve served it you will have come to your senses about this situation and realise perhaps it’s time to move on and not get in this situation again.’
During his Portsmouth Crown Court trial Packer said former Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock and police planted the images on his Asus tower computer in revenge for him uploading and sharing a report about the MP.
Mr Abbot said: ‘From the jury’s verdict, that simply wasn’t possible.’
The leaked Pascoe report was compiled by Nigel Pascoe QC into allegations about Mr Hancock’s behaviour with a constituent.
Packer uploaded the document, named ‘Explosive Hidden Hancock File’, on file-sharing software where the abuse images were found, a jury heard.
Giving evidence, Packer, a former Justice and Anti-Corruption party candidate, claimed the abuse images were planted but the court heard he had been identified by authorities before he uploaded the file.
Mr Hancock later apologised for forging an inappropriate friendship with a female constituent, who cannot be named. He was never prosecuted.
Mr Abbott said: ‘It seemed to me that the defence he was putting forward, that he’d been targeted because of the Pascoe report could not have been true because of the dates involved.’
The judge said the case, prosecuted by Philip Meredith, had attracted ‘notoriety’ as the jury had to view the images to come to a verdict and because of Packer’s defence.
He added he was not sentencing Packer based on his defence at the trial.
Jemima Ivens, for Packer, said: ‘I’m instructed by Mr Packer, he feels it’s a miscarriage of justice and this sentencing shouldn’t take place today.’
She added: ‘The pre-sentence report is of very little assistance, Mr Packer maintains his innocence and of course therefore isn’t able to demonstrate, in any positive way, remorse.’
She told the judge Packer had ‘exemplary good character’. He has no previous convictions.
Mr Abbott ordered the USB sticks to be destroyed but Packer’s Asus tower computer was forfeited not destroyed in case it is needed for an appeal.
Packer, of Balliol Road, Buckland, was handed a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years restricting his internet use and he must sign the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.
He was arrested on February 11 last year at his home. He was convicted of four counts of possessing extreme pornography and 13 counts of possessing indecent images of children after a six-day trial.
The judge handed him a six-month sentence for the extreme images and a 12-month sentence for the child abuse, to run concurrent to each other.
The extreme pornography was branded ‘absolutely disgusting’ by the judge and depicted women being raped and killed. The abuse images included children aged between five and 10.
An order banning the naming of Mr Hancock was lifted during the trial after submissions by The News.