Man accused of voyerism and possessing child porn images

Wigan and Leigh Magistrates' Court
Wigan and Leigh Magistrates' Court

A man has appeared in court accused of having more than 700 indecent images, including some of children, on his computer.

Ian Cairns, of Bryn Road South, Ashton-in-Makerfield, appeared at Wigan Magistrates Court in relation to five charges that included making and possessing indecent images of children and voyeurism.

The 53-year-old is accused of recording another person performing a private act and viewing those images knowing that the person had not consented. He is also facing three charges of making indecent images of children and one charge of possessing extreme pronography that portrayed in a realistic way an act of intercourse with a live animal, namely a dog.

Cheryl Woods, of Nyland Road, Liverpool, also appeared in the dock alongside Cairns accused of voyeurism, recording someone doing a private act.

The charges were brought after a computer was seized on July 7 2014, with more than 700 indecent images on it, some of which contained extreme pornographry. There were also what were described as “up skirt” photos of a woman which Cairns is accused of taking, while the charge of voyeurism related to photos taken of a child under 16 on the toilet and in the shower.

Neither defendant entered a plea and the justices concluded that although Woods’s case could be dealt with by them, the accusations against Cairns were more serious and would need be dealt with at crown court.

Both were released on conditional bail to appear at Liverpool Crown Court on May 25. Cairns must not have any unsupervised contact with an under-18, contact an alleged victim and must reside at the address given to the court until the next appearance.

Woods must not have unsupervised contact with a child under 18 unless approved by social services.