November 2016

Airdrie paedophile with “underlying problem” jailed for possession of thousands of sick child images

A SALSBURGH paedophile who admitted downloading more than 2000 sickening images of children and went on the run during a child pornography trial has been jailed.

Pervert Hugh McGuinness, 48, of Bogfoot Road, was sentenced to 16 months at Airdrie Sheriff Court today after pleading guilty to taking or permitting to be taken or making indecent images of young children, many of which were of the worst kind.

McGuiness’s lawyer, Paul Belardo said: “He accepts he did this and the images were in all three categories.

“He knows he has an underlying problem.”

Jailing McGuinness, Sheriff Frank Pieri told him: “You have pleaded guilty to very serious offences involving indecent images of children, some of them in the most serious category.

“The damage being caused to these children in these pictures cannot be calculated. An offence of this kind can only be dealt with by custody.”

McGuinness downloaded the images at his home between April 2013 and December 2014.

The bearded loner showed no emotion as he was led away to begin his sentence, handcuffed to a court official.

Pervert McGuinness had previously gone on the run during July’s jury trial which had to be aborted after two days of evidence.

A warrant was issued for his arrest and he was tracked down a number of weeks later.

McGuinness previously admitted failing to appear in court.

Prosecutor Liam Haggart told the court that McGuinness first appeared in private charged with child pornography offences in December 2014 and was granted bail pending trial.

However, he failed to appear at court for the third day of his trial, which had to be halted and the jurors dismissed. Mr Haggart said: “He is single, has no children, is unemployed and lives alone.

“Police originally obtained a search warrant in December 2014 to enter his home. A search was carried out and they seized three devices, a computer, laptop and mobile phone.

“The cyber crime unit carried out an examination of the devices and made a report to my office.”

Sheriff Frank Pieri was told 1748 still images were found on McGuinness’ computer, 249 of which were in the worst category.

They also found four videos within the computer, two of which were also of the most severe kind. On the laptop they discovered a further 210 still images of young children, 14 of which were in the worst category, and 30 videos, with 18 in the most serious grade.

McGuinness’ mobile phone contained 39 indecent images of children, four of which were category “A”.

Sheriff Pieri backdated the 16 months’ sentence to July 28.

McGuinness was also placed on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

November 2016

Airdrie paedophile pleads guilty to possessing thousands of sick child images

A SALSBURGH paedophile who went on the run during a child pornography trial has admitted downloading more than 2000 sickening images of children.

Pervert Hugh McGuinness, 48, of Bogfoot Road, pleaded guilty at Airdrie Sheriff Court to taking or permitting to be taken or making indecent images of young children, many of which were of the worst kind. McGuinness downloaded the images at his home between April 2013 and December 2014.

Bearded McGuinness showed no emotion and was handcuffed to a court official after having previously gone on the run during July’s jury trial which had to be aborted after two days of evidence.

A warrant was issued for his arrest and he was tracked down a number of weeks later.

McGuinness admitted failing to appear for solemn proceedings.

Prosecutor Liam Haggart told the court that McGuinness first appeared in private charged with child pornography offences in December 2014 and was granted bail pending trial.

However he failed to appear at court for the third day of his trial, which had to be halted and the jurors dismissed.

Mr Haggart said: “He is single, has no children, is unemployed and lives alone.

“Police originally obtained a search warrant in December 2014 to enter his home. A search was carried out and they seized three devices, a computer, laptop and mobile phone.

“The cyber crime unit carried out an examination of the devices and made a report to my office.”

Sheriff Frank Pieri was told 1748 still images were found on McGuinness’ computer, 249 of which were in the worst category. They also found four videos within the computer, two of which were also of the most severe kind.

On the laptop they discovered a further 210 still images of young children, 14 of which were in the worst category, and 30 videos, with 18 in the most serious grade.

McGuinness’ mobile phone contained 39 indecent images of children, four of which were category “A”.

Sheriff Pieri told McGuinness: “Given the nature of the offences I will call for a full range of reports before sentence.”

Sentence was deferred until November 21, with the sheriff calling for a criminal jusice social work report, including a risk assessment as to the danger McGuinness poses to children.

He was placed on the sex offenders’ register and remanded in custody.

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