April 2009

Man admits being in possession of child abuse images

A HAMILTON man this week admitted possessing child sexual abuse images

Stewart Lee (21) pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing indecent images of children at his Brora Crescent home between October 7, 2006, and August 22, 2007.

However, not guilty pleas to charges of distributing a quantity of indecent photographs of children downloaded from the internet, and possessing a quantity of indecent images of children downloaded from the internet, were accepted by the prosecution.

Fiscal depute Jim Leck told Hamilton Sheriff Court on Monday that there had been a delay in dealing with the case as various enquiries had to be carried out on the accused.

Police had gone to Lee’s home in September 2007 with a warrant and took away the accused’s computer which had two hard drives.

One drive, said the depute fiscal, had 79 still images and nine moving images.

Five images were also found in the ‘unallocated’ area of the computer, an area where deleted items can be recovered with special software.

Mr Leck said the other hard drive had two still images, four moving images and one image in the unallocated area.

When police went to Lee’s home they asked him if he had any indecent images and he replied that he did.

Seven disks, with a total of 50 still images and 15 moving images between them, were also recovered.

When Lee was interviewed, Mr Leck said, the accused had explained that he got the material from the internet and later put them on to disks.

Mr Leck pointed out that this accorded with the view of analysts.

Sheriff Joyce Powrie deferred sentence on Lee until May 21 for a range of reports.

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