Had hun­dreds of sick pho­tos

No jail for hav­ing in­de­cent im­ages

Hamilton Advertiser - - GOLDEN COUPLES - Court re­porter

A Ne­warthill man blamed drink and drugs for his urge to look at in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren.

Po­lice found 347 dis­gust­ing pho­to­graphs of young­sters when they raided Thomas Black’s home in No­vem­ber last year.

Hamil­ton Sher­iff Court heard 161 of those were de­scribed as Cat­e­gory A, fea­tur­ing the worst types of abuse.

Black (29), of Lochlea Way, ad­mit­ted pos­sess­ing child abuse im­ages.

Michael Mac­in­tosh, pros­e­cut­ing, said Black was in­ter­viewed by po­lice af­ter his lap­top was seized and anal­ysed.

The fis­cal told the court: “He said he used it to ac­cess nor­mal adult porn, but ac­cepted he looked at in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren when un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol or drugs.

“He said he would delete them straight away. He said he doesn’t want to view them, but when he’s un­der the in­flu­ence it’s some­thing that comes into his head.”

De­fence agent Vin­cent Mcgovern said Black would “em­brace and ben­e­fit from” a com­mu­nity pay­back order im­posed as an al­ter­na­tive to prison.

Sher­iff Thomas Mil­lar agreed not to jail him and in­stead or­dered him to do 240 hours of un­paid work.

Black will be su­per­vised by so­cial work­ers for three years and will be on the sex of­fend­ers’ reg­is­ter for the same pe­riod.

The sher­iff told him: “I’m per­suaded not to im­pose cus­tody as the prospect of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ap­pears pos­i­tive.”

Dur­ing the three years, Black must not have any con­tact with un­der-16s with­out ap­proval and must make any de­vice ca­pa­ble of ac­cess­ing the in­ter­net avail­able for inspection.

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