March 2018

Sex offender gets hi-tech lockdown at Perth Sheriff Court

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A vile Perth paedophile has had his computer monitoring restrictions tightened to take account of developments in modern technology.

A 25-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO), one of the most restrictive ever made in a Scottish court, was imposed on 56-year-old Donald McKenzie at Perth Sheriff Court in December, 2009.

He was told he could not be alone with any child under 16 in that period, taking him up until his 73rd birthday.

Aged 48 at the time, the court heard he posed a serious danger to boys after he admitted downloading images of child abuse at his flat in Douglas Court, South Methven Street, Perth, on August 14, 2009.

The convicted sex offender was also jailed for 20 months and was ordered to be monitored for more than three years after his release.

However, the courts have now moved to further protect vulnerable children from McKenzie.

At his latest court appearance this week, an amendment to the SOPO was granted by Sheriff Foulis.

McKenzie will be prohibited from owning or possessing any internet-capable device without advising police in the area in which he lives of the serial number and any passwords for that device.

He will also be banned from using any device until it has been registered by police and monitoring software has been installed by officers.

In 2009 the court was told he had collected 575 sickening images and videos of boys aged from one to 16 being abused.

Imposing the order, Sheriff Lindsay Foulis said: “The accused recognises he constitutes a risk to children.”

He then told the pervert: “I’m concerned to make sure the public – particularly males aged under 16 – are adequately protected against serious harm when you are eventually released.”

McKenzie had been jailed for nine years, reduced to seven on appeal, after being convicted in 1999 of a sex attack and five other lewd and libidinous conduct offences. After his release in 2004, he was supposed to be kept under tight supervision.

But when police officers arrived at his flat in Perth with a search warrant on August 14, 2009, McKenzie admitted he had indecent “stuff” stashed on his computer.

These images were described as being at the more serious end of the scale of abuse.

McKenzie also received a further 25-month sentence when he was caught with more child abuse images following a random check of his laptop by police in June, 2016. Internet search terms, including ‘nude boys,’ were found on his computer.

Following a search of his laptop, 37 indecent images of children were found, eight of which were at the most serious category.

June 2016

Paedophile jailed for abuse images

A convicted paedophile who breached a lifetime monitoring order by downloading child abuse images has been jailed for 25 months.

Donald McKenzie was caught following a random check of his laptop by police.

McKenzie, 55, who is the subject of a 25-year sexual offences prevention order (SOPO), admitted possessing the images and breaching the court order.

Dundee Sheriff Court was told internet search terms including “nude boys” were found on McKenzie’s computer.

Depute fiscal Saima Rasheed told the court that McKenzie was a registered sex offender with an “indefinite registration expiry date”, who was jailed in 1999 for sexual offences against children.

Miss Rasheed said a condition of the SOPO forbade McKenzie from installing computer software that deleted his internet history.

She said that following a search of McKenzie’s laptop, 37 indecent images of children were found, eight of which were at the most serious category.

Software that deleted internet history was also found on the computer.

Defence solicitor Paul Ralph said McKenzie had “no explanation” for the images.

McKenzie admitted possessing indecent images of children at his home in Perth and breaching a sexual offences prevention order.

Sheriff Alastair Brown told him: “The public are entitled to be disgusted in your interest in pre-pubescent children.

“These images involved the actual abuse of real children and by having anything to do with them, you create a market.

“You have a record of abusing real children and you have committed this offence before.”

October 2015

Paedophile banned from being around kids has computer restrictions tightened

A predatory paedophile has had his monitoring restrictions tightened to account for developments in modern technology.

Donald McKenzie was branded a serious danger to young boys when he was banned from being alone in a room with any child for 25 years in 2009.

But social workers have gone back to court to seek further conditions in the Sexual Offences Prevention Order in place against the 54-year-old of Douglas Court, Perth.

He is now banned from having a computer, mobile phone or other internet capable device without telling a police officer involved in the management of his case.

McKenzie is also now banned from deleting his internet browser history or using evidence elimination software or device. He is also banned from downloading any software or service designed to prevent a log of web pages he has visited or conceal specific pages.

He is also obliged to give the police any internet passwords and let officers check any device he has used without them needing to seek a warrant to get access.

Sheriff Lindsay Foulis also granted a condition prohibiting McKenzie from being in the company of any child under 16 unless supervised by the child’s parent or guardian.

In 2009, McKenzie was made subject to one of the most restrictive SOPOs imposed in the UK, after it emerged he had spent years downloading child abuse images under the noses of social workers.

It was imposed by Sheriff Foulis who heard McKenzie began downloading the images shortly after being freed from prison. He also jailed the former project leader for 20 months.

December 2009

Fiend banned from kids for 25 years

A SEX beast was yesterday banned from being alone with any child for 25 YEARS.

The court order was imposed on fiend Donald McKenzie, 48, who was said to pose a serious danger to boys.

It aims to stop the predatory paedophile from being on his own with anyone under 16 until after his 73rd birthday.

The convicted sex offender was also jailed for 20 months at Perth Sheriff Court after he admitted downloading child porn

He had collected 575 sickening images and videos of boys aged from one to 16 being abused.

Yet at the time, social workers were supposed to be MONITORING his activities.

Sheriff Lindsay Foulis said McKenzie must be supervised for 40 months after he is released.

As he imposed the Sexual Offences Prevention Order, he said: “The accused recognises he constitutes a risk to children.”

He then told the pervert: “I’m concerned to make sure the public — particularly males aged under 16 — are adequately protected against serious harm when you are eventually released.”

Sheriff Foulis added: “You will be prohibited from being alone with any child under 16 in a room in any building for 25 years.”

McKenzie had been jailed for nine years, reduced to seven on appeal, after being convicted in 1999 of a sex attack and five other lewd and libidinous conduct raps.

After his release in 2004 he was supposed to be kept under tight supervision for the next four years.

But when police officers arrived at his flat in Perth on August 14 with a search warrant, McKenzie admitted he had indecent “stuff” stashed on his computer.

Fiscal depute Janine Bates told the court: “Intelligence was obtained as part of an ongoing operation the police had.

“McKenzie told officers he had been downloading images of children for the past four years. He said he had accessed images of children once or twice a week.”

Ms Bates added that the bulk of the images were at the more serious end of the scale of abuse.

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