July 2016

Muir of Ord man on sex register after downloading child abuse images

A Muir of Ord man who had been downloading child abuse images on computers for nearly two years, and was exposed by his wife, has been placed on the sex offenders register and under supervision.

At Inverness Sheriff Court in May, William Jamieson had his sentence continued until today for criminal justice social work reports after he admitted taking, or permitting to be taken, indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of children.

Jamieson (44) had been downloading the illegal images  which included children aged from six to 15 years  at 1 Easter Urray Cottages in Muir of Ord between September 2009 and May 2013.

He now lives in Pumpgate Street, Inverness, Sheriff Margaret Neilson was told by his solicitor Michael Chapman this morning.

Depute fiscal Roderick Urquhart at the May hearing said police inquiries began after the material was found on a computer by Jamieson’s wife.

On one laptop 229 images of females aged between seven and 12 years were found and on a hard disc there were 330 images of children aged 6-15.

Further images were found on a laptop including some movies.

Today, Mr Chapman said what could be said on his client’s behalf was it was a small number of images over a considerable period of time and very few were moving images.

He added that it was quite clear from the background report that when Jamieson was assessed at new Craigs Hospital he was ashamed and disgusted with himself and at one point was regarded as at risk of suicide.

The report indicated he was suitable for a rehabilitation programme for making changes in his life.

Sheriff Neilson ordered forfeiture of the computer equipment and placed Jamieson on supervision for three years and on the sex offenders’ register for the same period

He was also ordered to carry out 270 hours of unpaid work for the community.

She told him it was a direct alternative to custody.