Saturday 22 October 2016

Jury in Adam Johnson trial shown photograph of footballer's 'groin area'

Dave Higgens

Published 19/02/2016 | 15:38

Adam Johnson is on trial at Bradford Crown Court
Adam Johnson is on trial at Bradford Crown Court

The jury in the trial of footballer Adam Johnson has been shown a photograph of the England player's "groin area".

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Jury members were handed a series of images during the evidence of forensic computer expert Paul Hunton at Bradford Crown Court.

Prosecutor Kate Blackwell QC told the jury the pictures had been downloaded from Johnson's iPhone.

She said they were a "series of images of the defendant himself and one separate photograph of his groin area".

The jury of eight women and four men has heard that the 28-year-old former Sunderland winger has admitted kissing a 15-year-old girl in his Range Rover on January 30.

Johnson has also admitted grooming the girl but denies that more serious sexual conduct took place between the pair in his car.

Dr Hunton told the jury that a Google search for "legal age of consent" was made on Johnson's phone four days after he met the girl on January 30.

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He described how he examined an iPhone 6 from Johnson's house and verified that a series of web pages were accessed on February 3 last year.

Dr Hunton said the Google search for "legal age of consent" was followed by another web address which appeared to show the user had clicked on a result which took him to the website.

He said the search result clicked on appeared to be "What is the age of consent around the world? From Angola at 12 to Bahrain at 21."

The expert said the next webpage accessed on the phone appeared to be another search result, this time on the BBC website.

He said the link was titled "BBC Radio 1. BBC Advice. Age of Consent."

Johnson sat in the dock wearing a blue suit, white shirt and grey tie, listening to Dr Hunton.

The player has pleaded guilty to one count of grooming the teenager and another of sexual activity with a child.

He denies two further counts of sexual activity with a child.

Johnson was "a little bit shaky" after he was arrested at his home following allegations made by a 15-year-old girl, the arresting officer has told a jury.

Detective Constable Kimberley Walton, of Durham Police, said she took the footballer to a games room in his home in Castle Eden, County Durham, to arrest him, leaving his partner, Stacey Flounders, sitting on the stairs.

She agreed that after his arrest, Johnson said the teenager's name and added: "I just gave her a couple of shirts."

The officer told the jury: "At the time of the caution and arrest of Adam Johnson he was stood by a bar area.

"He had to hold on to it and he became a little bit shaky."

The officer said the footballer then asked if he could see Miss Flounders.

Det Con Walton agreed that Johnson's partner said to him: "Who is she?"

The officer also agreed that he replied: "It's (the girl's name). I just gave her a couple of shirts."

The court heard that Miss Flounders said: "How old is she?"

And Johnson replied: "Well, she said she was 16."

The officer told the jury how the player was allowed to get changed before he was taken to a police station.

Det Con Walton said she first became aware of the allegations when the girl and her mother came into a County Durham police station to ask for advice.

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