July 2016

Motherwell man caught with child abuse images on computer avoids prison sentence

A twisted pervert, whose double life was exposed when police raided his Motherwell home in front of his wife and discovered dozens of indecent images of children on his computer, has avoided being sent to prison.

Paul Galbraith appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court last week for sentencing and pleaded guilty to possessing the sick images between June 9 and September 23 last year.

Cops found a total of 43 indecent pictures in the hard drive of his computer.

At a previous hearing, the court heard that on September 23, police obtained a warrant to search the home 50-year-old Galbraith shared with his wife.

Officers arrived at the home at around 7.30am to find Galbraith at home with his partner.

Galbraith immediately told police that he knew why they were there.

He then said that anything that was on any of the computers were his and his alone.

Galbraith said anything he had downloaded was in the computer in the lounge area of the house before telling police he was the only person who used the computer and that there would be indecent images on it.

Police spoke to Galbraith’s wife who confirmed that she never used the computer.

When she left the police carried out an extensive search of the computer and Galbraith was detained and interviewed. During the course of that interview he made admissions that he had searched the internet for indecent images and viewed them.

Fiscal depute Jason Bell added that out of the 43 images found on the computer, 34 of them were certified as Category A – these are classed as sexual penetration involving children and animals.

A further seven were found to be Category B and two from Category C.

Police officers also found several search items within a computer search engine such as “pre-teen”.

At court last week, Galbraith, of Cypress Road, escaped a jail term and was instead given a community payback order.

He was also ordered to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work and told to attend a sexual offenders programme for the next 30 months.

June 2016

Pervert’s double life exposed as indecent images of kids are found on computer

A twisted pervert’s double life was exposed when police raided his Motherwell home in front of his wife and discovered dozens of indecent images of children on his computer.

Paul Galbraith appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court on Friday and pleaded guilty to possessing the sick images between June 9 and September 23 last year.

Cops found a total of 43 indecent pictures in the hard drive of his computer.

The court heard that on September 23, police obtained a warrant to search the home 50-year-old Galbraith shared with his wife.

Officers arrived at the home at around 7.30am to find Galbraith at home with his partner.

Galbraith immediately told police that he knew why they were there.

He then said that anything that was on any of the computers were his and his alone. Galbraith said anything he had downloaded was in the computer in the lounge area of the house before telling police he was the only person who used the computer and that there would be indecent images on it.

Police spoke to Galbraith’s wife who confirmed that she never used the computer.

When she left the police carried out an extensive search of the computer and Galbraith was detained and interviewed.

During the course of that interview he made admissions that he had searched the internet for indecent images and viewed them.

Fiscal depute Jason Bell added that out of the 43 images found on the computer, 34 of them were certified as Category A – these are classed as sexual penetration involving children and animals.

A further seven were found to be Category B and two from Category C.

Police officers also found several search items within a computer search engine such as “pre-teen”.

Sheriff Alasdair MacFadyen deferred sentence on Galbraith, of Cypress Road, until July 14 and called for criminal justice and social work reports to be prepared.

Galbraith’s bail was continued with special conditions.

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