May 2019

Violent paedophile drug dealer told police he’d go to jail if they searched laptop

A paedophile drug dealer told police officers “if you’re taking my laptop I’m going to prison” seconds before they seized the device containing thousands of sick child abuse images.

Edward Trezise’s laptop was found to have more than 5,000 disturbing images and videos and rather than try and escape a custodial sentence, Trezise actually asked to be sent to prison.

Trezise, 29, of Rocklands Place in Callington, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence after admitting an array of charges. He pleaded guilty to three possession of indecent photographs of children charges, two assaults, possessing a prohibited image, possessing extreme pornography and possessing with intent to supply class C drugs.

Prosecuting the case Philip Lee described how on March 9 police were called to Trezise’s address following reports that a woman had been threatened by a knife.

Mr Lee said: “It transpired there was a falling out about class C drugs he (Trezise) had agreed to supply her.

“She visited him with a screwdriver and the defendant went to his door armed with a knife. The defendant was arrested and his room was searched.

“Police found various containers and tablets and two of the containers were marked Xanax and diazepam.”

A total of 1,000 tablets were seized with a street value of £1,200.

Mr Lee added: “Texts showed evidence of selling to various customers and Trezise later admitted he’d supplied five or ten friends, making enough to fund his own habit.

“Police seized his laptop and he commented to officers, ‘if you’re taking my laptop I’m going to prison’.

“The defendant said that he was addicted to Xanax and admitted viewing child pornography and masturbating to it. He did add that he didn’t look at children in the street in the same way.

“The images were all found readily available to the user of the laptop. There were thousands of them, ages ranging from two to four through to 13 to 14. Predominately the victims were children aged eight to 10.”

The laptop also had software capable of hiding browser history.

Moving on to the assaults, Mr Lee described how they took place in April of this year when Trezise punched a man to the head and spat in the face of another who tried to restrain him.

Sentencing Trezise, Recorder Malcolm Gibney said: “From what I hear your life has effectively gone off the rails and the assaults are indicative of how the spiral has continued.

“Your attitude is to go away to custody and this court is going to oblige you.

“Police were called to an incident involving you and somebody you were going to sell drugs to. Whilst at the premises police seized your computer and to your credit you acknowledged if there was to be an investigation you’d be going to prison.

“Of grave concern is that there were thousands of images of children. I accept you were getting sexual gratification but at no stage were you seeking to access young children or distribute what you had downloaded.

“As a result of people downloading this type of material this crime occurs. You are feeding an industry and that cannot be tolerated.”

Trezise was jailed for two years and made subject of a sexual harm prevention order.