February 2017

Paisley paedophile jailed for 22 months for downloading more than 200 indecent images

A Paisley paedophile who shared sick images of children through Kik Messenger was jailed for 22 months today.

Glasgow Live reported last month that John Doherty, 35, pleaded guilty to possessing and sharing indecent pictures and videos of children at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

Of those images, 74 came under Category A – the most gruesome available online.

Defence agent Greg Smith told the court his client had self referred to the Stop It Now (SIN) project in November last year.

He asked Sheriff Alan MacKenzie to consider a non-custodial sentence for the crimes committed between March 16-26, 2016.

Twisted Doherty admitted downloading 213 unique images on his phone, and sharing a video too graphic to divulge details of.

He was arrested at 7.44am on March 23, 2016, when officers from Police Scotland’s cyber crime unit seized the device and detained Doherty at London Road police station.

They also discovered 65 still and 14 moving category B images.

Sentencing, Sheriff MacKenzie said: “Because of the gravity of the crimes which you have committed, I consider a custodial sentence is the only appropriate disposal.

“Because you have been convicted of sex crimes, I must ensure that the public are protected from you on your release.”

He sent Doherty to prison for a total of 37 months for two separate charges – but the charges will run concurrent so he will serve a total of 22 months.

Doherty will also be supervised for 15 months after his release.

He will also be subject to sex offenders notifications and will not be allowed to work with children when he is released from jail.

January 2017

Paedophile snared after sharing extreme child abuse images through instant messenger

A Paisley man shared extreme child abuse images with other paedophiles through ‘kik messenger’ on his mobile phone.

Sick John Doherty, 35, Argyle Street, Paisley, scurried away from Glasgow Sheriff Court today with his hood up and face covered after pleading guilty to possessing and distributing indecent photographs of children between March 13 and March 26, 2016.

Procurator Fiscal Depute Zahra Latif told the court that officers from Police Scotland attended the home that Doherty shared with his partner with a warrant at 7.44am on March 23 last year.

His mobile phone was seized and he was taken to London Road police station.

Officers from Police Scotland’s cyber crime unit found 213 unique images on the device.

Doherty had 74 still and 47 moving images that fall under Category A – the most sickening and graphic content.

In court, Procurator Fiscal depute Latif described one of the videos that Doherty had shared of an adult molesting a six month old child.

Doherty had shared the image with individuals and 56 other users.

Police also discovered 65 still and 14 moving Category B images. There were also 13 still Category C images on his phone.

Doherty’s defence counsel Mr Smith asked for bail, as he is a first offender.

Sheriff Alan MacKenzie granted this and ordered a background report from the Clyde Key assessment centre.

However he told the accused he was now subject to notification requirements of the sex offences act.

Doherty will return for sentencing next month.