Jail for Whiteley man who breached his ban on using internet

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A MAN banned from using the internet after looking at child abuse images has been jailed.

Martin Fritsche was given the order in January 2011, after pleading guilty to charges of making and possessing indecent images of a child.

But when police searched his home in April this year, they discovered a phone and a Nintendo DS showing a pornographic image. At Portsmouth Crown Court, he was sentenced to six months in prison, and another six months due to the activation of a suspended sentence.

The 30-year-old, of Suffolk Drive, Whiteley, pleaded guilty to both breaches.

His lawyer, Anthony Bailey, said he suffered from Asperger’s syndrome, a disorder characterised by difficulties in social interaction.

He said: ‘The Asperger’s clearly may have some effect on him interacting as he does with the internet and downloading porn.

‘This man is clearly ill. He was diagnosed with Asperger’s in 2010.

‘This has impacted on his judgment and reasoning skills.’

In handing down the sentence, Judge Ian Pearson acknowledged Fritsche’s condition, but said: ‘In spite of these problems you know the difference between right and wrong and you persistently lied.

‘These are breaches of a sexual offences prevention order which were imposed to prevent persons like yourself from reoffending.’

The order, which was made with some conditions, was supposed to last until 2021.

Fritsche, who is from Germany, was studying for a science degree specialising in geography at the University of Southampton.

The court heard that on March 11 this year a police constable visited him and asked if he had any devices, but he denied having any.

Officers went back to his house on April 30 and he again denied owning any devices, but after searching the house they found a Samsung camera phone and he was arrested.

The officers then found the Nintendo DS under his pillow.

The court heard that police had become aware Fritsche had breached the order after they logged into his Facebook profile.