Harringay court clerk who watched porn during rape trial is spared jail

10:22 01 May 2012

Debasish Majumber browsed porn as trials went on around him. Picture: Kevin Dunnett/Central News

Debasish Majumber browsed porn as trials went on around him. Picture: Kevin Dunnett/Central News

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A “bored” court clerk who was caught watching porn by a judge during a rape trial has been spared jail.

Debasish Majumder, 54, sat casually viewing explicit online material while a sex attack victim gave evidence at Inner London Crown Court.

Judge Nigel Seed QC, sitting directly behind Majumder, spotted his clerk viewing what looked like cartoon images of farmyard animals but could not make out if the content was sexual.

Later, he was shocked to find a list of pornographic websites on Majumder’s computer and decided enough was enough.

Majumder, of Burgoyne Road, Harringay, who had been working for the courts service for 27 years, later confessed to routinely watching internet porn when he was bored.

“I only looked at porn because the case was boring and did so once or twice a week since December 2009,” he told detectives.

Police then found indecent pseudo-images of children and extreme porn on his home computer.

Kingston Crown Court heard the married father-of-one made a series of porn searches during the rape trial on December 9 and 10, 2010. He also looked at non-sexual material with no relevance to his work.

Sentencing Majumder on Friday to seven months in prison, suspended for two years, Judge Nicholas Price QC said: “I’m told by your counsel that you didn’t think anyone could see what you were doing - you were wrong. The learned judge conducting the trial saw very clearly what you did.

“It’s incomprehensible that a man of your age and experience should behave in such an appalling way. It is inexcusable and reprehensible and you have no-one to blame but yourself.

“The very fact there are no comparable cases shows how rare, if not unique your case must be.

“You have lost almost everything including your job, your good name and the probable consequences are you will find it almost impossible to find another form of employment.

“You have brought shame upon yourself, your wholly innocent wife and your son.

“But at 54, with a hitherto unblemished record, you have built up a credit balance and you are entitled to withdraw from that.”

Majumder admitted a single count of misconduct in public office, seven counts of possessing indecent pseudo-images of children and an additional count of possessing extreme pornography.

He will be supervised for 18 months, his computer usage will be monitored, he must sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years and was given a sex offender’s prevention order for five years.

No order for costs was made after the court heard Majumder is £20,000 in debt.

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