May 2018

Faifley man admits having child abuse images

A FAIFLEY man has admitted downloading indecent images of girls as young as six-years-old.

Jamie Slevin, 21, of Swallow Road, Faifley, pleaded guilty at Dumbarton Sheriff Court to taking or permit to be taken or make indecent photographs of children. The offence happened on April 25, 2017 both at his home and at a house in the town’s Orbiston Place.

His pleas were submitted to the court by defence lawyer Eugene Boyle while Slevin stood in the dock.

Slevin denied being in possession of indecent images of children at his home and in Orbiston Place between April 25 and June 1, 2017. This not guilty plea was accepted by the Crown.

Fiscal depute Kevin Doherty told the court: “He appears as a first offender with no previous convictions. He first appeared in this court in private on petition on June 2, 2017, where he made no plea or declaration and was released on bail for further enquiries.

“Police, acting on information and intelligence that the house in Swallow Road was a location of interest where indecent images of children were being downloaded, attended on June 1, 2017, armed with a search warrant.

“He stayed at this address with his parents, but also had another address in Orbiston Place. Police seized his iPhone5s. He told police ‘it’s just the stuff in my phone you are looking for. It’s just a fantasy thing’.”

His mobile phone was sent to the Police Scotland Cyber Crime Unit for analysis.

Mr Doherty told the court that nine images were found on his phone, four of them at the worst and highest category “A”, and five at category “C”. They were all still images.

The fiscal depute then gave the sheriff a graphic description of one of the worst images of a six year-old girl being sexually abused by a male adult.

Mr Doherty went on: “He made detailed admissions during a police interview and confirmed he was the sole user of the phone and of the search engines he used. He made no reply when cautioned and charged.”

Sheriff William Gallacher told Slevin: “This is by no means trivial. Abuse of children is shocking and disgraceful.”

Sentence was deferred until June 1 for the sheriff to obtain a criminal justice social work report and a risk assessment as to the danger Slevin poses to the public and young children. He was put on the sex offenders register.

Bail was continued.