September 2016

Pervert continued to download child abuse images after police had raided his home

Police discovered a depraved Wishaw pervert continued to download indecent images of children – after cops had already raided his home for the same offence.

William Collins walked into a police station and voluntarily told officers he had continued to access indecent images of children.

At Hamilton Sheriff Court on Friday, Collins pleaded guilty to taking or making indecent images of children at his mother’s address in Langholm Crescent between August 2011 and July 2014 as well possessing child pornography at the same address on June 20 this year.

Fiscal depute Michael Macintosh told the court that police had raided the home Collins shared with his mother on December 3 last year and seized two laptops and a mobile phone.

When asked by police, 43-year-old Collins said he was the sole user of all three devices.

A preliminary examination found that there were indecent images of children on all three.

In the presence of officers, Collins told his mother: “It was me mum.”

When asked by his mother when he downloaded the pictures Collins replied: “Every weekend.”

During a police interview, Collins made full and frank admissions and that he had been searching for images of boys aged between 13 and 16.

It was discovered the three devices had a total of 139 still images and 320 videos on them.

The sick images had been accessed in a variety of ways including files from Dropbox and from chat rooms.

Following Collins’ own confession at the police station in June, police were granted a second warrant and recovered an i-Pad and i-Phone from the same address.

From these devices police discovered a further five pictures and 45 videos.

Collins had accessed the images from the internet including Skype, Dropbox and Facebook Messenger.

Collins’ solicitor told the court that his family’s attitude to him had “hardened” and that he could not cope with what he had done.

The solicitor added: “He had been taking amphetamines at the weekend and that’s when the offending took place. He is very remorseful.

Sheriff Ray Small told Collins that he had betrayed the trust of the court and his mother and that it was difficult to see anything other than a custodial sentence. However, the case was deferred until October 25 and reports were called for.

Collins, whose address was given in court papers as HMP Addiewell, was remanded in custody meantime.