October 2017

Airdrie sex offender with hundreds of indecent kid images avoids prison sentence

An Airdrie man has avoided jail after admitting downloading more than 250 indecent images of young children over a period of 16 years.

Donald Martin, 64, of Thomson Drive, pleaded guilty at Airdrie Sheriff Court to taking or making and of being in possession of indecent photographs of children. The offences happened between 2000 and last year.

Martin’s defence lawyer Ross Brown said: “He is deeply ashamed that he got himself into this position.

“He has never been in any form of sexual relationship. The fact that he was found with 264 images over a considerable period does not detract from the seriousness of the offence.

“The responsibility was his and his alone and he allowed them to remain on his computer and must take responsibility for that. He accepts there must be punitive punishment.

“He has been assessed as a low-risk re-offend. He recognises he has brought shame on himself and his family and wishes to atone.”

Sentencing Martin, Sheriff Petra Collins told him: “You have pled guilty to two serious offences involving the indecent images of children.

“Behind every image is a real live child subject to abuse, and by downloading these images you prolong the abuse.

“Taking into account everything that has been said on your behalf, I am prepared to fall short of sending you into custody.”

Martin was put on supervision for two years and banned from using any devices with an internet connection for the same period.

He was also placed on the sex offenders’ register for two years.