South West Wales

Bursar's 'horror' at school computers found at IT manager's home

The amount of school computer equipment found at the home of a school's IT manager, who is accused of possessing indecent images, was 'horrifying', a court hears.

Alan Williams, former bursar at Coed Cae School, Llanelli, told a court he never gave Jeffrey Gravell permission to take home school computers.

Mr Gravell, 53, of Burry Port, denies the possession of nearly 400,000 indecent images of children.

He also denies theft.

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

The prosecution have claimed that the images were found on computers at Mr Gravell's house in late 2010.

But Mr Gravell's defence is that he had no knowledge of the images and he readily took home equipment for repair and to learn about it.

'Total disbelief'

His partner, 47-year-old Helen Griffiths, also of Burry Port, denies theft and handling stolen goods.

Giving evidence on the second day of the trial, Mr Williams rejected defence suggestions that it was known Mr Gravell regularly took home equipment for repair.

Mr Williams said he had never given permission for computers to be taken home and did not know of equipment delivered directly to Mr Gravell's home.

He said: "I was horrified at some of the equipment that was there, in total disbelief that a lot of it had come from the school."

The court has heard that Mr Gravell told the police he knew nothing about the images, was not interested in pornography, and insisted they must have come from the school system.

The jury was also told there was enough computer equipment to eventually fill five vans.

The case has been adjourned until Wednesday.

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