Singer on child porn charge breaks down

PUBLISHED: 11:58 29 March 2007 | UPDATED: 11:43 06 May 2010

SINGER and entertainer Duncan Breeze told a jury his career was in tatters following his arrest for allegedly downloading child pornography. Breeze, who acknowledged that he had been described as the next Michael Ball , said the court case was destroy

SINGER and entertainer Duncan Breeze told a jury his career was in "tatters" following his arrest for allegedly downloading child pornography.

Breeze, who acknowledged that he had been described as "the next Michael Ball", said the court case was "destroying" his career.

The 32-year-old, who toured the country with his show A Night at the Musicals, told Luton Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday): "It has been destroying. The business has been holding on by its teeth. My character, my personality has been dragged through the press. I don't know if I have a career."

The jury of seven women and five men have heard that Breeze, of Main Street, Pymoor, near Ely, Cambs was arrested after child pornography was allegedly found on computers at his former home in Beeston, near Sandy, and at his parents' home in Sand Bay, Weston-Super-Mare. In all the police found 4,270 pictures of children.

Eighty-four of the images are alleged to be at the worst level of depravity, level five.

There were 527 at level four, 417 at level three, 275 at level two and 2,967 at level one. They are alleged to have been acquired by Breeze over a three-year period between 2001 and 2004.

Breeze denies 20 offences of making indecent images of children and one offence of possessing indecent images of children.

Prosecutor Adrian Amer said police raided the Beeston and Weston-Super-Mare addresses in October 2004 and seized four computers after they had been alerted by the Croatian law enforcement agencies who were investigating people suspected of sharing indecent material of children over the internet.

Asked by his barrister Nicholas Corsellis if he had been responsible, Breeze replied: "I have never accessed indecent pictures of children."

He said he believed they had been looked at by people employed to run his and his parents' businesses at their home in Weston-Super-Mare.

Breeze broke down in tears in the witness box on Tuesday as he said that his pantomime work had ended after publicity over his arrest.

In previous years he had usually played Prince Charming in Cinderella at theatres all over the country.

But he said: "My career is over - it is all very much in tatters."

Breeze told police a man called Rod Richardson or Robinson who had worked for him in Bedfordshire may have been responsible for downloading the images.

Mr Amer said police had been unable to trace Rod and asked why Breeze had not been able to help the officers with his address. Breeze said: "He was moving north."

Asked to name some of the 14 employees who he said had worked at his parents' address in Weston, Breeze replied: "I would not have the names of people coming through the business."

Case proceeding.


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