Doctor faces wait over appeal
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.