Update July 2016: Released back to Perth

May 2016

Perth sex offender jailed for breaching order

The family of a convicted sex offender wept in court as he was jailed for breaching an order.

Wayne Hopkins is banned from having more than one mobile phone, but police discovered he had three in his possession at his home on Perth’s Ethel Moorhead Place earlier this year.

He was sentenced to 100 days in jail after breaching his sexual offences prevention order between February 6 and 15 this year.

Solicitor David Holmes, representing the 31-year-old, said Hopkins had made “no attempt to conceal” the handsets from police, describing one of the devices as “old”.

Sentencing him to jail, Sheriff Fiona Tait told Hopkins: “It beggars belief that a person who is told they can only have one mobile telephone has three.

“I am satisfied on the basis of the reports that you were aware of this prohibition.”

Hopkins was placed on the sex offenders register for three years in November 2014 after he was caught with a stash of child and animal images.

Perth Sheriff Court heard that police found a total of 1,338 indecent photographs of children and 289 extreme bestiality images on Hopkins’ computer and storage devices, which were in his possession between 2012 and 2013.

Hopkins is also required by the order to reveal his password and email address to police, and is banned from using encryption software.

January 2016

Court imposes more restrictions on man caught with sick images

An administration worker who was caught with a stash of images of child and animal abuse is to be made the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order over increasing fears about his behaviour.

Wayne Hopkins was sacked from his job with Scottish and Southern Energy after being arrested in connection with an obscene horde of 1,000 child and animal images.

Hopkins walked free from court in November 2014 after a “conduct requirement” was imposed upon him, restricting access to the internet.

He is only allowed to own one computer and one smartphone and has to reveal his password and email address to the police.

He was also banned from encrypting any material.

But Perth Sheriff Court was told Hopkins had caused concerns for social workers in recent weeks because of his continuing interest in illicit material.

Sheriff Fiona Tait told Hopkins she now intended to impose a highly restrictive SOPO upon him in a bid to curtail his interest in images of children.

The case was continued for the sheriff to consider how long the order should remain in place for.

Hopkins was previously placed on the Sex Offenders Register for three years and ordered to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work in the community for his offending.

At that time, he admitted having indecent images of children at his Perth home between June and November 2012.

He also admitted having extreme images depicting in “an explicit and realistic way” sexual activity between people and animals between November 2012 and February 2013.

November 2014

Perth man who admitted having ‘extreme’ animal porn and child abuse images banned from computer

An admin worker who was caught with a stash of depraved animal porn has been banned from owning any computer until the police install monitoring software on it.

Wayne Hopkins was sacked from his job with Scottish and Southern Energy after being arrested in connection with a horde of 1,000 child and animal indecent images.

Hopkins was allowed to walk free from court after a “conduct requirement” was imposed upon him restricting his access to and use of the internet.

He is only allowed to own one computer and one smartphone and has to reveal his password and email address to the police. He was also banned from encrypting any material.

Hopkins was placed on the Sex Offenders Register for three years and ordered to carry out 300 hours unpaid work in the community by Sheriff Fiona Tait.

He admitted having indecent images of children at his Sidey Place, Perth, home between June and November 2012.

He also admitted having extreme pornography depicting in “an explicit and realistic way” sexual activity between people and animals between November 2012 and February 2013.

Fiscal depute Stuart Richardson told the court: “Police received information that photographs of child abuse might be found at the address where he resided and they obtained a search warrant.

“A quantity of computer equipment was removed from the house and was then examined. The first hard drive was found to contain a total of 1,274 indecent photographs of children.”

He said 32 extreme bestiality images were found on that computer, along with a further 257 similar pictures, and another 64 child abuse images were contained on storage devices.

Solicitor David Holmes, defending, said: “He lost his employment as a result of these proceedings.”