Oban man is sen­tenced to one year for sex of­fences

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

AN OBAN sex of­fender has been im­pris­oned for a year for pos­sess­ing child pornog­ra­phy.

David Muir, 34, of 6D Alma Cres­cent, pleaded guilty in Oc­to­ber to pos­sess­ing in­de­cent pho­to­graphs or pseudo pho­to­graphs of chil­dren be­tween Oc­to­ber 1 and Novem­ber 28, 2016.

The court heard Muir had been con­victed twice for sim­i­lar of­fences, served a long prison sen­tence and been placed on the sex of­fend­ers’ reg­is­ter in­def­i­nitely.

Procu­ra­tor fis­cal Eoin McGinty told Oban Sher­iff Court on Tues­day that po­lice of­fi­cers last year had searched Muir’s mo­bile phone and found ‘the ac­cused had been ac­cess­ing in­de­cent images of chil­dren, namely boys’.

Mr McGinty added a foren­sic ex­am­i­na­tion of Muir’s lap­top found one im­age in cat­e­gory A (the most se­ri­ous), 10 images in cat­e­gory B and 32 images in cat­e­gory C.

De­fence agent Graeme Wright said: ‘There is a deep-rooted prob­lem. His brain is wired in a dif­fer­ent way. He is at­tracted to young men. It is not a vic­tim­less crime.

‘It seems over the past 15 years he has changed his be­hav­iour, but not enough. He hates him­self be­cause of this. He is re­al­is­tic today. He has brought two bags with him.’

Sher­iff John Her­ald, re­fer­ring to the crim­i­nal jus­tice so­cial work re­port, said: ‘It is quite clear ev­ery­thing has been tried. They have all reached the same con­clu­sion: there is not much they can do.’ He sen­tenced Muir to 12 months in jail.

A spokesman for NSPCC Scot­land, the Na­tional So­ci­ety for the Pre­ven­tion of Cru­elty to Chil­dren, said: ‘Muir ac­cessed and stored a num­ber of de­praved pic­tures. Be­hind ev­ery one was a real child suf­fer­ing ap­palling abuse and his ac­tions have only fu­elled the de­mand for this sick­en­ing ma­te­rial to be pro­duced.

‘To tackle the spi­ralling prob­lem of on­line abuse images, the NSPCC is call­ing on gov­ern­ment, law en­force­ment and web providers to share in­for­ma­tion and ex­per­tise to re­duce its easy avail­abil­ity.

‘We wel­come the ac­tions of the po­lice and jus­tice sys­tem in en­sur­ing that Muir now faces a prison term – re­in­forc­ing the vi­tal mes­sage that pos­sess­ing images of child abuse will not be tol­er­ated.’

Any­one con­cerned about a child can con­tact the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000, while young peo­ple can con­tact Child­line 24/7 on 0800 1111.

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