Former MP from Worlingworth sentenced for child abuse video
A former shadow minister from Worlingworth has been sentenced for possessing and indecent video of children – with one showing a baby being abused – at Ipswich Crown Court today.
Former Labour MP Eric Joyce, who served as Shadow Minister of State for Northern Ireland in 2010, was sentenced to eight months in prison suspended for two years, and must complete 150 hours of unpaid work.
The 51-second category A film – the most serious there is – was accessed by Joyce between August 2013 and November 2018, and featured what appeared to be seven different children, aged between 12 months and seven years.
The 59-year-old, who was MP for Falkirk in Scotland between 2000 and 2012, ran Extractive Industries out of Barton Grange, Worlingworth, from 2015 to 2018, before the company was dissolved.
Joyce had initially claimed he had accessed the film via a spam email, however following analysis of his computer, Joyce told police that some of what he said "wasn't true" and that "he had seen a mixture of images".
Joyce, who spent 21 years in the Army, rising to the rank of major, left Labour to serve as independent MP for Falkirk in 2012, eventually stepping down before the 2015 general election.
In 2012, he was fined £3,000 and given a three-month pub ban following a brawl in which he assaulted four fellow politicians in a House of Commons bar.