Shamed ex-MP Eric Joyce has evaded prison after pleading guilty to making an indecent image which highlighted a 12-month-old child.
Eric Joyce, 59, admitted the crime at Ipswich Crown Court in July and was told 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. The judge sentenced him to eight months in prison suspended for two years and ordered him to complete 150 hours of unpaid work.
The charge alleged that Eric Joyce made the shocking image between 7 August 2013 and 6 November 2018 and Judge Mr Justice Edis, sentencing the former shadow minister 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.
“That these acts of abuse happened is because there are people like you who want to watch these films.
“If there was no market, those children wouldn’t be subjected to these very serious offences.”
But the judge added: “You have sought help from people well able to provide it and there’s evidence before the court that that has had an effect on helping you reduce, perhaps completely, your impulsive behaviour, and that’s happened over a significant period due to the delay in these proceedings.”
Mr Justice Edis further sentenced Eric Joyce to a sexual harm prevention order, which will continue until further order of the court.
He was also given an 18-day rehabilitation activity requirement and directed to pay prosecution costs of £1,800.
In an earlier hearing, Judge Emma Peters informed the court that Eric Joyce maintained he accessed the video via an email which he said was a spam email. She added that at the time he was drinking heavily and that he had now undergone work with the Lucy Faithfull Foundation and a psychotherapist.
Judge Peters informed the former shadow minister, of Worlingworth, Suffolk, that the offences cross the custody threshold and she said that it was going to be a question of whether it’s immediate or suspended.
Eric Joyce left Labour to serve as independent MP for Falkirk in 2012, stepping down before the 2015 general election. He spent 21 years in the Army, rising to the rank of major.
This man got a suspended sentence for having improper pictures of a young child, yet a person caught growing a cannabis plant gets 5 years in prison, where is the justice? And this guy was an MP for goodness sake.
What an utter farce, but then it wasn’t the judge’s children on that video and how is it conceivable that someone, especially an MP can evade prison for child abuse?
It looks like our justice system is made to protect MPs, serving and retired and it’s now coming to the forefront that there are a lot of influential people out there and not just MPs who are degenerates and marauders, but it seems it’s only right that the justice system protects its brothers.