Horrific child abuse images
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.