Man had haul of in­de­cent im­ages

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - NEWS - BY BEN HENDRY

“A prospect you will be sub­jected to im­pris­on­ment”

A north-east man has been warned to ex­pect a jail sen­tence af­ter be­ing caught with thou­sands of in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren.

Alan Wight­man ap­peared at Aberdeen Sher­iff Court yes­ter­day, where he ad­mit­ted a pair of charges re­lat­ing to child pornog­ra­phy.

The 41-year-old, of Eday Gar­dens in Aberdeen, was caught with 2,426 im­ages on his com­puter, to­gether with 944, to­talling 42 hours and 48 min­utes of sick footage.

The court heard po­lice were met by Wight­man’s stunned wife when they raided his home on De­cem­ber 15 last year.

Fis­cal Ali­son Reid said: “The ac­cused was later traced at work.

“Sev­eral pieces of com­puter equip­ment were there­after seized and ex­am­ined and in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren were found.”

Of the im­ages, 164 were graded as Cat­e­gory A, mean­ing they were the most ex­treme, 391 were Cat­e­gory B and 1,871 were Cat­e­gory C.

Of the 944 videos, 485 were Cat­e­gory A, 239 were Cat­e­gory B and 220 were Cat­e­gory C.

Wight­man ad­mit­ted “tak­ing, or per­mit­ting to be taken, in­de­cent pho­to­graphs of chil­dren” be­tween No­vem­ber 23 2013 and De­cem­ber 15 2017.

He also pled guilty to a sec­ond charge of pos­sess­ing in­de­cent pho­to­graphs of chil­dren.

Sher­iff Wil­liam Sum­mers de­ferred sen­tence un­til De­cem­ber 20 for re­ports.

He told Wight­man: “Given the grav­ity of these of­fences there is a sig­nif­i­cant prospect you will be sub­jected to a pe­riod of im­pris­on­ment when you come back to court.”

De­fence agent, Stu­art Mur­ray, opted not to of­fer any mit­i­ga­tion un­til his client re­turns to the dock.

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