Ex MP avoids jail for making child abuse video with one victim ‘aged 12 months’
A judge at Ipswich Crown Court sentenced him to eight months in prison suspended for two years and ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work.
- 11:22, 7 AUG 2020
- UPDATED14:01, 7 AUG 2020
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Disgraced former MP Eric Joyce has avoided jail after pleading guilty to making an indecent image which featured a 12-month-old child.
Joyce, 59, admitted the offence at Ipswich Crown Court in July and was instructed to sign the sex offenders register.
In court it was revealed he had on a device a 51-second film depicting a number of children, one of which was said to be 12 months old.
A judge today sentenced him to eight months in prison suspended for two years and ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work.
The charge alleged that Mr Joyce made the indecent image between 7 August 2013 and 6 November 2018.
Judge Mr Justice Edis, sentencing the former shadow minister on Friday, said: “You have pleaded guilty to an offence which involves the possession of a category A film of a little less than a minute’s duration.
“That film showed the sexual abuse of very young children.