Hor­rific child abuse images

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A 25-year-old man who down­loaded what a sher­iff de­scribed as“hor­rific” in de­cent images of child abuse has es­caped a pri­son sen­tence.

But Ant toni Vat tu lain en, from Cather­ine Street, Gate­house – who was placed on a com­mu­nity pay­back or­der – was warned by Sher­iff Brian Mo­han at Dum­fries that any breach of the con­di­tions could re­sult in a jail term.

And he im­posed a su­per­vi­sion or­der for three years and at­ten­dance at a special be­havioural pro­gramme with a list­ing on the sex of­fend­ers’ reg­is­ter for three years.

In ad­di­tion the sher­iff im­posed a con­di­tion that the use of any elec­tronic equip­ment could be mon­i­tored for a pe­riod of five years.

Vat­tulainen had ad­mit­ted down­load­ing 1,200 in­de­cent images dur­ing a pe­riod of seven years to last Oc­to­ber and the sher­iff said he was par­tic­u­larly con­cerned at the length of time over which it hap­pened.

A 23-year-old man who down­loaded nearly 250 in­de­cent pic­tures in­volv­ing chil­dren was said to have a “lack of ma­tu­rity,” by his solic­i­tor at Dum­fries Sher­iff Court.

Dean McMasters, of Auchen­hay Lodge, Borgue, had ad­mit­ted com­mit­ting the of­fence at his home and else­where be­tween Septem­ber, 2016, and June, 2017.

They were said to be at the lower end of the scale and were found on his com­puter dur­ing a po­lice search. His solic­i­tor added that this was McMasters first of­fence.

Sher­iff Ge­orge Jamieson im­posed a com­mu­nity pay­back or­der with con­di­tions that McMaster be un­der su­per­vi­sion for three years and carry out 15 hours un­paid work. He was also placed on the sex of­fend­ers’ reg­is­ter for three years.

A 45-year-old man who as­saulted a cou­ple in Kirkcud­bright while in pos­ses­sion of a knife, has been made the sub­ject of a drug treat­ment and test­ing or­der for 18 months by the sher­iff at Dum­fries.

An­drew Mc­Cormick, of MaxwellWynd, Kirkcud­bright, ad­mit­ted be­hav­ing in a threat­en­ing man­ner at St Mary’s Street in the town in April, shout­ing and swear­ing at two oth­ers and mak­ing threats of vi­o­lence to­wards them.

He also ad­mit­ted be­ing in pos­ses­sion of a knife with­out rea­son­able ex­cuse or author­ity.

The court had heard that he had been go­ing through a dif­fi­cult pe­riod at that time, hav­ing lost his fa­ther last year and had been tak­ing seda­tives to help.

A man who crashed his car near South­er­ness re­turned home and phoned the po­lice to re­port the ac­ci­dent … and landed in court on a drink-drive charge.

Do­minic Maxwell, 20, of Cress­well Gar­dens, Dum­fries, ad­mit­ted driv­ing with­out in­surance on the South­er­ness road near the Ar­bigland junc­tion on Fri­day and driv­ing while nearly three times the per­mit­ted al­co­hol limit. He was fined £400 and banned from driv­ing for 12 months.

In a sep­a­rate case, 24-year-old Sean Lit­tle, of Ar­mour Drive, Dum­fries – who had been a pas­sen­ger in the car – ad­mit­ted be­hav­ing in a threat­en­ing man­ner to­wards po­lice at Cress­well Gar­dens and strug­gling with them.

He also ad­mit­ted act­ing in a racially ag­gra­vated man­ner. Sen­tence in his case was de­ferred for two months and he was made sub­ject to a home cur­few.

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