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Have you kept illegal images or did you delete them immediately?
Why didn't you delete them?
How quickly did you delete them?
Are they of children?
This doesn’t amount to a defence to possession per se. Come what may, you were in possession and even if this was an unsolicited download you didn’t delete the images in time.
However, you can always put them to proof upon whether they are indecent. I haven’t seen the images but if it took you a period of time to realise they may be indecent then there probably is an argument on the point.
The fact that this was a legitimate website is a factor that can be considered when indecency is considered.
Can I clarify anything for you?
They just have to prove you were in possession of images that were indecent.
They do have to prove knowledge of the possession but you accept that.
It would have been a defence to say that you didn't have knowledge of the possession if you hadn't kept them for several weeks.
If you hadn't known them to be indecent then you would have a defence to possession but the problem is that you kept them for too long.
They could be. It depends.
that is no defence to the charges against you though.