Hello, I am a solicitor with over 15 years experience. I will try to help you with this. The reason for downloading images is irrelevant to whether an offence has been committed. If they have been downloaded there is an offence. However, the very low number of images and the reason for them being there will be relevant to how serious the offence is and possibly whether it is in the public interest to prosecute.
Can you just let me know how the police came to discover the images on the computer? Also has your fiancee got any previous convictions and is he assisted by a solicitor at present? I will be on and off this site today around work commitments but will look again later today.
Hello. I believe Talktalk (our previous internet provider) advised them of the search. No he does not have any previous convictions. He is a manager of a local football club and is well rated in the community. He is not assisted by a solicitor at present as he is still on bail. The duty solicitor is there every time he visits however. How long can the police keep re-bailing him? Does the length of bail have an impact on the outcome? The fact the computers haven't even been looked at yet sounds like they are not classing it as high priority?
I am glad to hear he has the help of the duty solicitor. The duty solicitor is a real solicitor and will probably know what he is doing. There is no limit to the length of time that he can be on police bail. This is a power that is often abused by the police but you should think very carefully before doing anything about it. If you make a fuss then the police may do something you don't want like charge your fiancee. It may be best to let sleeping dogs lie. The longer it takes for them to do anything then the more likely it is that they will do nothing, eg the more likely it is that the file will get lost or that an officer will not want to take responsibility for it. Your fiancee should talk to his solicitor but I would be amazed if he said that anything should be done other than letting the police take as long as they like over it.