Jail term for Oban pae­dophile shows pub­lic ‘re­vul­sion’

The Oban Times - - News -

A PAE­DOPHILE caught with more than 150,000 in­de­cent images of chil­dren at his Oban home has been jailed for 14 months to show ‘the re­vul­sion of so­ci­ety’.

Lliam Martin, 34, of Dun­gal­lan Ter­race, ad­mit­ted in April pos­sess­ing in­de­cent pho­to­graphs or pseudo pho­to­graphs of chil­dren, be­tween Novem­ber 14, 2008, and June 21, 2016.

Sher­iff Ruth An­der­son QC had de­ferred sen­tence un­til May 23, telling Martin to ex­pect prison.

Last Tuesday de­fence agent Si­mon Collins told Oban Sher­iff Court po­lice had re­cov­ered 148,000 sex­ual images in cat­e­gory C, where A is the most se­ri­ous in the scale, from Martin’s com­put­ers and mem­ory cards.

‘On any read­ing of the cir­cum­stances,’ Mr Collins said, ‘there were a very large num­ber of still and mov­ing images re­cov­ered. The vast ma­jor­ity were cat­e­gory C. There were still a num­ber of cat­e­gory A and B. From 2008, he down­loaded images from a file-shar­ing site. The dif­fi­culty of any file-shar­ing sites is you get no idea from the ti­tle what is therein.

‘He did not delete things. He spent time cat­a­logu­ing, and has not deleted any on his com­put­ers. And that is part of his propen­sity to hoard and OCD [ob­ses­sive com­pul­sive dis­or­der].’

Sher­iff An­der­son asked of the cat­e­gory A images: ‘He did not have an in­ter­est in them – they just hap­pened to be there?’

Mr Collins replied: ‘He did not get any stim­u­la­tion from the images when he down­loaded them. They were not his in­ter­est. His pre­dom­i­nant in­ter­est is in cat­e­gory C images.

‘He prob­a­bly has seen them when they came down, but he has not gone back to look at them while they have been on his com­puter. One would ex­pect them to be deleted, but that is not in Mr Martin’s psy­che. He does not clear out his com­puter.

‘Mr Martin ac­cepted that he has a prob­lem. He has at­tempted to ad­dress it – un­suc­cess­fully. He has since 2015 and on­wards re­lapsed into the same behaviour.’

Sher­iff An­der­son said: ‘We are not deal­ing with any phys­i­cal con­tact with a child. He has a great deal of pho­to­graphs and mov­ing images of chil­dren. There is only one dis­posal which is ap­pro­pri­ate to mark the re­vul­sion of so­ci­ety. I am con­scious of the fact there are in ex­cess of 10,000 cat­e­gory A images, some of them in­volv­ing chil­dren as young as two or three. The vast bulk are cat­e­gory C.’

Sher­iff An­der­son sen­tenced Martin to 14 months in prison and placed him on the sex of­fend­ers’ reg­is­ter for 10 years.

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