November 2016

Police found child abuse images after Inverness man crashed his car

An Inverness man’s road crash landed him in court – for possessing child porn.

At Inverness Sheriff Court yesterday, Sheriff Margaret Neilson heard that police were called to a single vehicle collision near Loch Ruthven on December 28, 2014.

They found Richard Purdie alone in the vehicle.

Fiscal depute Michelle Molley said Purdie admitted to officers that he had accessed “bad thing” things on his computer and made a reference to “paedophiles should be shot”.

Police went to his home in Glenshiel Place and seized a laptop computer and portable hard drive.

They were forensically examined and 50 images of female teenage and younger children were found on the laptop.

Another 20 indecent images were also recovered on the hard drive.

First offender Purdie admitted downloading them between July 25, 2009 and December 28, 2014.

Defence agent Willie Young said he would address the Sheriff in mitigation when his client re-appeared for sentence on December 12, after a background report had been prepared.

Purdie was placed on the Sex Offenders Register.