November 2017

Paedophile has ‘unduly lenient’ jail term increased

A paedophile who filmed himself raping a three-year-old boy has had his sentence increased after judges ruled it was “unduly lenient.”

Chris Hume, 29, was sentenced to 45 months after pleading guilty in July.

But prosecutors said the sentence failed to recognise the seriousness of his offences.

Three judges at the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh agreed and increased Hume’s jail term to six years.

In the judgement, Lord Brodie wrote that Lady Scott, who presided over the trial, should have imposed a lengthier sentence on Hume by following the example of similar cases .

He wrote: “The respondent pleaded guilty to two very serious offences.

“Other than the fact that he had no previous convictions, there is little if anything by way of mitigation in the respondent’s personal circumstances or his response to his offending as recorded in the background reports.

“Looking to the cumulative effect of these various factors we have concluded that the headline sentence selected by the sentencing judge was not only a lenient one but an unduly lenient one.”

Lord Brodie, who considered the case alongside Lady Dorrian and Lord Turnbull, said the fact Hume videoed his crime amounted to a “material aggravation” that merited a higher sentence.

During proceedings earlier this year, the court head how the boy’s father left the Glasgow flat in the afternoon to pick up his wife and asked Hume to babysit.

Prosecutor Angela Gray said: “The accused took the opportunity to rape the boy and whilst doing so filmed the act using his mobile telephone.”

When the parents returned home, Hume was sitting on the couch and the boy was in his bedroom.

The child then entered the living room and accused Hume of sexually abusing him.

At this point, the court heard how Hume became irate and started to wave his arms and told the boy: “Mate, you were the one that was being bad and pulling down your trousers.”

He added: “I am no having this” and swore at the boy.

Hume then ran away leaving behind his two mobile phones and his jacket.

The family contacted Police Scotland and the force’s cyber-crime unit managed to extract the footage from Hume’s phone.

Following the court case, prosecutors launched an appeal against Hume’s sentence.

Summarising the Crown’s argument, Lord Brodie wrote: “It is submitted that the sentence failed to satisfy the need for retribution, deterrence and protection of the public.”

July 2017

Paedophile babysitter filmed himself abusing three-year-old toddler

A paedophile babysitter who filmed himself abusing a three-year-old toddler on his mobile phone has been jailed.

Vile Chris Hume, 29, was jailed today for 45 months – nearly four years – for committing the ‘opportunistic’ offences in a Glasgow flat on October 11 last year.

Hume was asked to babysit after the boy’s father left the home to pick up his wife, Glasgow’s High Court heard.

When the parents returned home Hume was sitting on the couch and the boy was in his bedroom.

The child entered the living room and accused Hume of sexually abusing him when his parents returned.

Judge Lady Scott placed Hume on the sex offenders’ register and told him: “You pleaded guilty… and took a video of the assault on your phone.

“Unfortunately for you your young victim immediately told his parents and the footage was found on the phone.”

Prosecutor Angela Gray said: “Prior to the day of the incident the accused had never been left alone with the young boy.”

At around 2pm the boy’s father left the flat to pick up his wife and asked Hume to babysit.

Ms Gray said: “ The accused took the opportunity to rape the boy and whilst doing so filmed the act using his mobile telephone.”

At this point Hume became irate and started to wave his arms around and told the boy: “Mate, you were the one that was being bad and pulling down your trousers”.

He added: “I am no having this” and swore at the boy.

Hume then ran away leaving behind his two mobile phones and his jacket.

The family contacted the police.

Police Scotland’s Cybercrime Unit managed to extract footage from the accused’s telephone and a video clip of the incident was recovered.

The boy can be heard on the footage saying “I want to see the camera” and the accused replies “Quick, quick. Before your Daddy comes”.

The footage lasts for approximately 5 minutes.

During the recording, the accused is heard to call the complainer a “good boy”.

May 2017

Man admits filming himself abusing three-year-old at Glasgow flat

A paedophile who filmed himself sexually abusing a three-year-old boy was caught after police retrieved a video clip from his mobile phone.

Chris Hume, 28, admitted the offences which took place in a Glasgow flat on 11 October last year.

The High Court in Glasgow heard he had never been alone with the child until the day of the incident.

When his parents returned home, the boy told them what had happened.

The court heard that following the incident, Hume ran off leaving behind two phones.

The family then contacted the police.

Police Scotland’s Cybercrime Unit managed to extract footage from his phone.

The boy can be heard on the footage during the sex attack saying “I want to see the camera” and the accused replies “Quick, quick. Before your daddy comes”.

Hume is expected to sentenced next month at the High Court in Edinburgh by judge Lady Scott.

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