Child porn charge shame led man to hang him­self

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

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.

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