Bes­tial­ity per­vert avoids prison term

Had hun­dreds of sick im­ages fea­tur­ing an­i­mals

Ayrshire Post - - Court - Abi Smil­lie

A per­vert caught with ex­treme bes­tial­ity pho­tos and in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren has es­caped a jail sen­tence.

Alexan­der MacKen­zie, 46, of Gal­loway Av­enue in Ayr, was caught with a sick col­lec­tion of il­le­gal ma­te­rial in­volv­ing an­i­mals and oth­ers show­ing chil­dren thought to be as young as one- year old.

Po­lice dis­cov­ered the sick creep had a to­tal of ap­prox­i­mately 320 im­ages.

One in­volved two women and a black dog.

And im­ages dis­played naked kids – the youngest aged be­tween one and three.

Ayr Sher­iff Court heard at an ear­lier hear­ing that po­lice car­ried out a search on Septem­ber 21 last year and un­cov­ered a USB stick and HP com­puter ter­mi­nal stor­ing MacKen­zie’s dis­gust­ing col­lec­tion.

Of­fi­cers at­tended at the home MacKen­zie shares with his el­derly mother.

She stated he was at work and told of­fi­cers she only used the com­puter for on­line bank­ing.

His mum told of­fi­cers that MacKen­zie used the com­puter ev­ery­day – to go on­line, for Face­book and “some­thing to do with an­i­mals”.

Macken­zie, who has a pre­vi­ous con­vic­tion, ap­peared at court last Wed­nes­day for sen­tenc­ing.

So­lic­i­tor Chris Munro said: “This is some­thing that has spi­ralled, caus­ing him to pos­sess the im­ages.

“It’s a fairly low vol­ume of im­ages.

“This is a mat­ter of posses­sion rather than dis­tri­bu­tion.

“He ap­pre­ci­ates these are par­tic­u­larly se­ri­ous mat­ters and cus­tody may be on your lord­ship’s mind.

“He re­sides with his mother and Mr Macken­zie is her reg­is­tered carer.

“She clearly would face some prob­lems if Mr Macken­zie was sent to prison to­day.

“He has a rel­a­tively close bond with his mother.”

Sher­iff Des­mond Les­lie replied: “[ I have] con­cerns with the pre­vi­ous con­vic­tion and the su­per­fi­cial ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the dis­posal that was made at that time.”

Mr Munro replied: “There is clearly a risk here but that can be man­aged in the com­mu­nity.”

Step­ping back from cus­tody, the Sher­iff im­posed a lengthy com­mu­nity pay­back or­der.

The perv was sen­tenced to three years su­per­vi­sion and as a re­quire­ment must at­tend the Mov­ing For­ward Mak­ing Changes pro­gramme.

He was tagged for nine months where he must re­main in his home ad­dress from 7pm - 7am. And he was also placed on the sex of­fend­ers’ reg­is­ter for five years.

MacKen­zie pled guilty to be­ing in posses­sion of a quan­tity of ex­treme porno­graphic ima g e s de­pict­ing in an ex­plicit and re­al­is­tic way bes­tial­ity be­tween adults and an­i­mals be­tween June 1, 2015 and Septem­ber 20, 2017. He also ad­mit­ted hav­ing in his posses­sion in­de­cent pho­tos or pseudo- pho­tos of chil­dren from June 1, 2015 and Septem­ber 21, 2017.

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