Doc­tor faces wait over ap­peal

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A DOC­TOR who was found guilty of child pornog­ra­phy of­fences faces a wait to find out if his bid to have his con­vic­tion quashed is suc­cess­ful.

Judges at Edinburgh’s Court of Crim­i­nal Ap­peal re­served their de­ci­sion in the case of trainee sur­geon Dou­glas Har­ris, who worked for NHS Grampian.

Af­ter po­lice raided his home at 25 Labur­num Walk, Aberdeen, Har­ris was found guilty of mak­ing 243 in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren, as well as pos­sess­ing 371 in­de­cent pho­tos of chil­dren.

He claimed he suf­fered a mis­car­riage of jus­tice at his trial fol­low­ing al­leged mis­di­rec­tion by a sher­iff when ad­dress­ing ju­rors.

Har­ris was put on

As Sher­iff Cu­sine ad­dressed the jury, he said: “I won’t com­pli­cate mat­ters but my sen­tenc­ing pow­ers are five years as a max­i­mum so that gives you an idea of how se­ri­ous these charges are.”

As McPhail was led away in hand­cuffs his wife Dianne shouted: “Love you babe”.

She was left sob­bing in the gallery. pro­ba­tion – and the sex of­fend­ers’ reg­is­ter – for three years and or­dered to carry out 280 hours of un­paid work in the com­mu­nity.

He was sus­pended from his job in De­cem­ber 2006 and by the Gen­eral Med­i­cal Coun­cil in Fe­bru­ary 2007.

The ap­peal judges will de­liver their ver­dict at a later date.

LOCKED UP: Charles McPhail strug­gled with se­cu­rity staff while leav­ing Aberdeen Sher­iff Court af­ter his sen­tenc­ing. VIC­TIM: Robert Grib­ble was robbed and ab­ducted.

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