A COVENTRY doctor has been struck off the medical register after his wife discovered hardcore child pornography on his laptop and he narrowly avoided jail.
Disgraced Dr Christopher Ball-Nossa, who was living in Coventry and working at the city’s University Hospital at the time, pleaded guilty to six charges of making indecent images of children.
Police had found on his computer more than 1,000 indecent images of children, including a movie of a baby boy being raped.
The 35-year-old was was given a two-year community order with a rehabilitation activity and a condition of taking part in a sex offender programme.
And earlier this month, a panel of three judges from the Medical Practitioner’s Tribunal Service ruled Ball-Nossa will have his name erased from the medical register.
A report summarising the hearing states: “The tribunal considered that the criminal behaviour that gave rise to Dr Ball-Nossa’s conviction involves a fundamental breach of the public’s trust in doctors, and has inevitably brought the profession into disrepute.
“The tribunal determined that erasure is the only means by which the public can be protected, by which confidence in the medical profession can be maintained, and by which proper standards of conduct promoted and upheld.
“… It considered that members of the public would find his actions to be deplorable.
“This case involves indecent images of children being abused; some of which are of the most serious variety.”
During his trial earlier this year, Ball-Nossa had admitted having had ‘inappropriate thoughts’ about children after first coming across such images when he himself was just a teenager.
Prosecutor Anthony Cartin said that last June Ball-Nossa’s wife went to Coventry Central police station with his laptop, and raised a concern about the material he was accessing.
His wife had wanted to use his laptop to watch Game of Thrones, and out of curiosity she decided to check whether he had deleted any of her photographs.
But when she went to the recycle bin she saw file names such as ‘child porn 3-16’ – and when she tried to open the image she had to select the option to restore the file.
On the two laptops police found a total of 1,528 indecent images, both stills and movies, of children aged from one to 13.
The most serious were 22 movies and 196 stills in category A, showing acts of penetration with children, including one of a baby boy being raped and another of a ten-year-old girl performing sex acts.