July 2017: Now living in Laidlaw court, Galashiels

December 2014

Pervert investigated by HM Revenue and Customs caught with child abuse images sentenced to unpaid work order

HM Revenue and Customs officers investigating a £15,000 VAT scam raided a 35-year-old man’s home and found naked images of children on his computer.

They immediately stopped their search and informed police at what they had found at William Brown’s home.

The court was told that 61 indecent images of children at level one – the least serious on a sliding scale – were discovered on Brown’s computer.

It emerged he had used the search terms “naked photos of young 10-year-old boys” and “child porn” on the computer at a house in Bleachfield Road, Selkirk, on May 8, 2013.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing indecent images of children and was ordered to carry out 50 hours’ unpaid work.

Brown, described in court as “socially awkward” and “a victim of society for most of his life” – also had his name placed on the Sex Offender’s Register.

Sheriff Derrick McIntyre questioned the contents of background reports in which Brown said he had no knowledge of how the images came to be on his computer.

But Ms Clinkscale said it was not uncommon for people convicted of offences of this nature to be embarrassed and be in some form of denial.

Sheriff Derrick McIntyre told Brown for all intent and purposes he was a first offender for this type of crime and he could impose a community-based disposal.

But he warned him if the images had been above level one he would almost certainly have gone to prison, adding: “This is not a victimless crime.”

As Brown was already carrying out 250 hours unpaid work for the VAT offence, he imposed another 50 hours, bringing it up to the maximum 300.

November 2014

Fraud probe finds indecent images

Indecent images of children were uncovered at a house in Selkirk during an investigation into an attempted £15,500 fraud.

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs investigators were searching William Brown’s home at Bleachfield Road when they came across naked images of children.

Police were informed and 61 indecent images, all at the lower end of the scale, were found.

Brown, 35, now living at Torwoodlee Road, Galashiels, admitted possession of indecent images of children at his then home on May 8 last year.

“HMRC were exercising a warrant and during that search a number of naked images of children were found,” explained procurator fiscal Graham Fraser at Selkirk Sheriff Court, pictured, on Monday. He added: “Police were informed and carried out a search, seizing an extensive number of SIM cards, memory cards etc. Teen pornographic magazines and a number of naked pictures were also found.”

Mr Fraser said the images were all at level one of the definitive scale, adding: “Some were hard copy and others were in digital form.”

The computer search engine revealed the terms “naked photos of young 10-year-old boys” and “child porn”.

Brown, described as “socially awkward”, was placed on the Sex Offenders Register and sentence deferred until December 15 for reports.

On the attempted fraud complaint, he was sentenced to a community payback order, with 250 hours of unpaid work, to be completed within 18 months.

Brown pleaded guilty to pretending to HMRC that he was a director of Capture That Moment Ltd and entitled to recover VAT payments, attempting to obtain £15,595 by fraud, between February 4 and February 21 last year.

Mr Fraser said: “He invented expenses and it became clear they were not genuine. It was an exercise doomed for failure from the beginning.” he added.

Brown’s lawyer, Robert More, told the hearing: “The business took in very little trade. He made an initial claim and was asked to back it up, and there was no way he could do that. HMRC became suspicious and it was aborted.”

Sheriff Peter Paterson warned Brown the sentence was a direct alternative to custody, adding: “It may have been an inept attempt, doomed to failure, but it did involve an extensive sum of money.”