A paedophile who had been abusing a ten year old girl for some time was cleverly caught in the act by the girl in a Nintendo Computer game console which helped the court in sending the man to jail for three and a half years.
John Fisher, 46, a family friend of the victim had first committed the act of touching the girl when she was nine years old when nothing was done about it.
After 22 months since the first time Fischer groped the girl he indecently assaulted her again when she was alone and playing with her Nintendo DSi. The prosecutor told the Ipswich Crown Court.
Prosecutor Robert Sadd said she had the presence of mind to photograph him committing the act and shown it to her mother who immediately contacted the police.
Fisher who is married with a daughter and grandchildren at first denied assaulting the girl. But had to admit it when police confronted with the photograph.
Even though Fisher’s face was not visible in the photograph the detectives were able to prove the image was of him as it showed features of his hand and items of his clothing.
Nintendo DSi consoles which have been available since 2009 feature two digital cameras which are usually used by young players to take photographs of their friends.
Fisher of Lowestoft, Suffolk, admitted two offences of assault by penetration in January 2010 and November 2011.
Judge John Holt told him the offences were very serious and he did not think it appropriate for him to receive treatment in the community.
Now Fisher has also been included in the sex offender’s register indefinitely and given a sexual offences prevention order, restricting his contact with children under the age of 16 for the next ten years.
Det Con Annabelle Bunn of Suffolk Police praised the girl for her courage after the hearing.
She said quick thinking in taking a photograph, of him touching her inappropriately, provided indisputable proof of what had happened and she was brave enough to come forward and report the incident by giving a full and accurate account of what had happened.