Child porn charge shame led man to hang himself
A MAN hanged himself following the shame of being charged over child pornography, an inquest heard.
Daniel Ewen Jr, 32, had appeared in court accused of making indecent images of children and ended up losing friends and spiralling into debt.
He was still on the Sex Offenders’ Register when he was found hanged at the garage of his home in Kennington, an inquest heard last Thursday.
He left a note on the garage door warning his family to stay out, but to dial 999.
The inquest heard that in May 2007 there had been local press coverage of Mr Ewen Jr being charged with making indecent images of children.
The matter was brought to the crown court but in the end he accepted a caution and was placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for two years. That order was to due expire this summer.
Coroner Rachel Redman, recording a verdict of suicide, said: “There were two serious issues, the Sex Offenders’ Register and the debt. Matters came to a head.”
Det Sgt Russell Thwaite told the hearing at Ashford: “He was ashamed of the fact that he was on the Sex Offenders’ Register and what he had been accused of. That was coupled with the fact that he had got himself into debt.”
Mr Ewen, of Rookery Close, was found hanged in the garage by his father, Daniel Sr, on the morning of April 13, this year.
Mr Ewen Sr said the registration meant his son would receive police check-up visits to his home and he could not pursue plans to travel.
He added while some of his friends stood by him others had turned against him.
Mr Ewen Jr was due to be best man at a friend’s wedding a couple of months after his case became public and was then told he would not be given the role.
The inquest heard that Mr Ewen Jr had no job, the case had affected his employment prospects and he had spiralled into debt.
Mr Ewen Sr said his son had sought to get on with his life and find work but added: “He’d lost a lot of his confidence. He had been a gregarious, outgoing personality but became a lot quieter.
“He couldn’t face the world in the confident way he used to.”
ON May 17, 2007, the Kentish Express reported on Mr Ewen Jr’s appearance at Ashford Magistrates’ Court. In that hearing, on May 15, Mr Ewen Jr had denied charges of making indecent images of children and was bailed to reappear at the court that July for the matter to go for crown court trial.
Making indecent images can simply mean copying them or transferring them to another computer.