Paedophile case so traumatising jurors told they will never have to serve again

A jury who convicted a paedophile who asked a man to rape a baby among a host of other sick crimes have been told they never have to serve again.

Damen Scott, 34, has been told he could face a life sentence after being unanimously found guilty of 10 offences.

Jurors who sat on the case were told they would be excused from further jury service for life after a judge said the harrowing trial “will be with you for the rest of your lives”, Manchester Evening News reports.

Police investigating a paedophile network across the country found Scott used various online profiles to discuss his depraved fantasies.

Prosecutors were able to trace some conversations to Scott's IP address, at his home in Little Hulton, Salford.

They found that Scott had shared indecent images of children with other paedophiles, as well as receiving them.

He spoke to a paedophile in the West Midlands, who sent him a video of him raping a baby.

Scott sent messages back approving of the vile act, and sent further messages to encourage the paedophile to carry out another rape, Manchester Crown Court heard.

A sentencing hearing was told the man who raped the baby was previously jailed for 24 years for his crimes following a separate court case.

When Scott was arrested, police seized several devices and found more than 1,500 indecent images of children on a tablet computer.

After he was arrested again months later, police found Scott had more than 3,300 further incident images of children, stored on a mobile phone and an SD card.

The ages of the children depicted ranged from nine months to 15-years-old.

At trial, Scott, of Ashawe Terrace, Little Hulton, tried to blame a man he had been in a brief relationship with after they had met on Tinder.

The man had been to Scott's home twice on consecutive weekends.

Scott claimed at some point during that time, the man had accessed his internet connection and carried out the crimes which police had uncovered.

He gave evidence at the trial. The jury saw through Scott's lies, convicting him after spending about 90 minutes considering their verdicts on the 10 counts.

Adjourning sentencing until November, Judge Anthony Cross QC said: "I am of the preliminary view that he [Scott] is a dangerous offender.

"He poses a serious risk of causing serious harm to children.

"I am considering a life sentence, or an extended sentence."

Before remanding Scott back into custody before sentencing, the judge told him: "It surprises me that you decided to have a trial.

“The evidence was absolutely overwhelming, you had no answer for the evidence at all."

Judge Cross then told the jury: "I am sorry that you had to deal with this case.

"The evidence… will be with you for the rest of your lives, I dare say.

“You will never forget it.”

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