Man caught with obscene pictures on computer

Livingston Sheriff Court heard Ian Gillies admitted to responsibility for the images. Picture: JP

Livingston Sheriff Court heard Ian Gillies admitted to responsibility for the images. Picture: JP

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A paedophile labelled abusive pictures of children he knew with obscene sexual messages, a court heard.

Ian Gillies described himself as “Uncle Ian” in the depraved comments he wrote on photos of young girls.

Livingston Sheriff Court heard Gillies, 57, freely admitted to cops that he was responsible for the sick pictures on his computer hard drive.

He pled guilty to taking or permitting to be taken indecent photographs of children between March 2011 and July 2013.

Sentence was deferred from social work reports and his name was added to the sex offenders’ register. He was freed on bail meantime.

Jim Robertson, prosecuting, said Gillies had copies of his vile collection of abusive pictures on a DVD and a memory stick as well as on his computer.

He said 136 of the 168 movies and 18 of the 25,000 still images were classed as Category One on the scale, showing sadistic or bestial sexual abuse of youngsters.

He revealed that police from the specialist E-crime unit went to the accused’s home in Pinewood Park, Livingston, West Lothian, last July.

They took a search warrant based on intelligence that a computer there had been used to access indecent images of children.

Mr Robertson said Gillies invited officers into the house.

“He was asked if he’d ever seen any indecent images of children and he said he had. He said he’d downloaded photos and he stated that he’d deleted them straight away.

“From the context of the original photographs from which the faces of young girls were taken, some of these appeared to be known to the accused and several of the photographs included obscene messages on top, referring to ‘Ian’ and ‘Uncle Ian’.”

He moved for forfeiture of the computer and associated storage device so they could be destroyed because police found it impossible to remove completely the offensive images.

Hazel McGuinness, defending, said Gillies, who has no previous convictions, had moved away from Scotland since the offence and now lived in Brownhills, Walsall, West Midlands.

She added: “He’s travelled from England to be here today and he’s keen to have the matter resolved at the earliest opportunity.”

She stressed that an early plea had been negotiated and agreed on in February following receipt of the expert report on her client’s computer contents.

Sheriff Peter Hammond told Gillies: “Because you’ve been convicted of a sexual offence I’m obliged to place you on what’s known as the sex offenders’ register.

“The length of time you’ll remain on that order will be decided when sentence is passed.”