South West Wales

'400,000 indecent images found on stolen Llanelli school computers' - trial

A jury has heard how police looking for stolen computers at the home of a school's IT manager found nearly 400,000 indecent images of children.

Jeffrey Gravell, 53, had been spotted on CCTV carrying boxes at Coed Cae School, Llanelli, in the early hours.

Officers found enough computer equipment to fill five vans at Mr Gravell's home in Burry Port.

He denies making and possessing indecent images and, along with his partner Helen Griffiths, 47, theft.

She denies handling stolen goods.

Swansea Crown Court heard how Mr Gravell worked as IT manager at the school for more than 10 years.

'Piled high'

James Davies, prosecuting, said the offences came to light in autumn 2010 after head teacher Peter Spencer noticed that new computers had disappeared from the school.

A CCTV check showed Mr Gravell and Ms Griffiths at the school in the early hours carrying a box of computers.

The jury also heard also that attempts to compile an inventory of computer equipment at the school had been blocked by Mr Gravell.

Police searched the couple's home at Burry Port and found it piled high with computer equipment, enough eventually to fill five vans.

When questioned, Mr Gravell said he had taken the equipment home to repair or to learn more, and to make up a back-up for the school systems.

However, Mr Davies said that when an expert from the Dyfed-Powys Police hi-tech crime unit examined the computers he found nearly 400,000 indecent images.

Mr Gravell told the police he knew nothing about the images, wasn't interested in pornography, and insisted they must have come from the school system.

The trial continues.