October 2016

Man caught with photographs of naked schoolgirls aged 10 -14


A Highland Perthshire man made the subject of a life-long Sexual Offences Prevention Order, was caught with photographs of naked young girls, aged 10-14.

The indecent images were discovered after detectives made an unannounced visit to the home of Robert Holmes at East Lodge, on the Bolfracks Estate, Aberfeldy.

Perth Sheriff Court was told this week that the 45-year-old accused, a registered sex offender, had moved north from Yorkshire on May 28, 2016.

He had been jailed for 12 months at Leeds Crown Court in March, 2007, for possessing indecent photographs of children.

He was also banned for life from working with children – and ordered not to possess or download any images of youngsters under 16 – as part of the Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

Depute fiscal Carol Whyte told the court that police carried out an unannounced visit to the lodge on Wednesday, July 6, this year.

A laptop computer and a Nokia mobile phone were on “open view” at his address.

The accused, described as a prisoner at Perth, also produced a further mobile phone which he said he had recently bought.

It was “capable” of accessing the Internet, the court heard.

He gave his consent to the computer and phone being searched and “concerning search terms” – and images – were found, explained the fiscal.

Holmes then voluntarily produced a USB pen where the images had been stored.

Three of the images appeared to be of children under the age of 16, which breached the terms of the Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

“As a result of that, the accused was arrested and taken to Perth Police office,” added Ms Whyte.

When the USB pen drive was forensically examined, the three Category C images of young girls, posing naked, were discovered.

They had been “created” on May 16, 2016.

Holmes admitted having the indecent photographs in his possession at his home between May 16 and July 6, 2016, and downloading them between May 16 and July 4.

He also pled guilty to a third charge of contravening the terms of the sexual offences order by being in possession of the memory stick at East Lodge on July 6.

He will discover his fate on November 16 after a background report and a risk assessment have been prepared.

March 2007

Man jailed for hoarding indecent pictures of children

A loner who secretly hoarded thousands of vile images of young children has been locked up for 12 months.

Landscape gardener Robert Holmes, 36, will be supervised by the probation service for four years after he is released from jail.

Holmes, branded a risk to children by the judge, had been trying to get work as a gardener at a primary school.

Police seized his laptop containing 4,000 indecent images of children from his parents’ home in Summerbridge Crescent, Gomersal, on November 8 last year.

Leeds Crown Court heard some of the youngsters were just two years old. There were images of sadomasochism and bondage, said prosecutor Tahir Khan.

Holmes pleaded guilty at Dewsbury Magistrates Court on February 19 to four offences of making indecent images of children and eight of possessing them. He was remanded in custody while a pre-sentence report was prepared.

Mr Khan told the court today that 752 sexual images of youngsters were found on the computer hard drive. Of these, 70 were in the two most serious categories. The images had been downloaded from the internet between May 7 and September 11 last year.

A further 3,844 indecent images of children had been deleted but were recovered by police investigators. Of these, 24 were at level 5, the highest category of seriousness, and 482 at level 4. Mr Khan said many images showed children aged between ten and two engaged in sex acts.

Holmes, who was arrested on February 17, told police he found women of all ages attractive. He said he bought the computer for work but became inquisitive about the child abuse websites.

Holmes’ barrister Abdul Iqbal said he had never distributed the images and no one else had access to his computer.

“This is a man who seems to have little or no social skills, seems to be very insular in his outlook and is a loner in the true sense,” Mr Iqbal said.

Holmes was unable to form relationships and spent hours at the computer for his own gratification. He had never been in trouble before and the conviction would severely restrict his ability to obtain work. “Even his family has shown animosity towards him. He has no one to turn to for help,” Mr Iqbal said.

A pre-sentence report described Holmes as “emotionally shallow and intellectually slow”. He suffered from chronic epilepsy and was seen by the probation service as a “moderate” risk to children.

The judge, Recorder Bernard Gateshill, told Holmes: “It is clear from the pre-sentence report that you simply do not appear to recognise the serious nature of your offences.”

Holmes was banned from working with youngsters under 16 and made the subject of a lifelong Sexual Offences Prevention Order. He must sign on the Sex Offenders Register for ten years.