Barking Cash Converters snare iPod paedophile
A SICK paedophile who downloaded graphic images of girls onto his iPod was caught when he pawned the MP3 player for some quick cash. Frederick Appiah, 35, who lives just yards from Eastbury and Barking Abbey Schools in Sherwood Gardens, Barking, had seven
A SICK paedophile who downloaded graphic images of girls onto his iPod was caught when he pawned the MP3 player for some quick cash.
Frederick Appiah, 35, who lives just yards from Eastbury and Barking Abbey Schools in Sherwood Gardens, Barking, had seven indecent pictures of 11 - 13-year-olds and one of a girl police believed to be between five and 10.
They were described as Level 4 images - the most depraved and sickening that officers come across.
Appiah's twisted fetish was discovered when he pawned his iPod at Cash Converters in Barking for �50 and staff found two horrifying images on it.
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They called the police who staked the store out waiting for Appiah to come back.
He returned to buy back his iPod on November 3 2008 and was arrested and taken to Barking police station for questioning.
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Appiah made no comment in interview.
Meanwhile officers had raided his house in Sherwood Gardens where they seized his computer and had the hard drive analysed.
A further six indecent images, to the two found on Appiah's iPod, were discovered by police inside his computer.
Investigating officers then questioned him about the pornographic pictures but Appiah again made no comment.
He was then charged with eight different counts of possessing indecent images of children.
Appiah, who was of previous good character, pleaded guilty to all eight charges at Barking Court last week.
He wore a black hooded top with Scarface written on the back - featuring a picture of Al Pacino brandishing a gun, in his legendary role as psychotic gangster Tony Montana.
Magistrates decided to send the matter to Snaresbrook Crown Court for sentencing on February 24.
The probation service will compile a report on Appiah and he was warned he could face prison.
He was released on unconditional bail.
Store manager, Tony Norris, said: "It's our policy here at Cash Converters that if someone leaves an iPod with us for more than 28 days then we have to delete any personal items from the memory before we resell it.
"That includes pictures and music.
"When I found the images on this man's iPod I was obviously extremely concerned and called the police.
"This type of thing happens very rarely. It was very shocking.