May 2018

Irvine man admits downloading indecent images of children

The wife of a man who admitted downloading indecent images of children was detained in custody as part of a police investigation.

Allan Andrew admitted downloading and possessing the disgusting images at his former home between May 2008 and June 2017.

But Andrew, now of Broomlands, Irvine , denied getting any “sexual gratification” from the images, telling cops that he began to download them after stumbling across similar.

Kilmarnock Sheriff Court heard last week how the 53-year-old lived with his wife and two sons at the time of the offences.

Prosecuting, Jo Cunningham told the court how Andrew and his wife were both detained by police initially. However, his wife was not implicated in the offences.

The fiscal depute added: “An HP laptop was seized and the accused and his wife were both detained.

“They were taken to the police station and interviewed, where the accused admitted that he owned the laptop. He also admitted downloading the images and had been doing so for six to eight years.

“He said he didn’t get any sexual gratification from this, but had downloaded on 20 different occasions or so.”

Images downloaded by Andrew depicted girls as young as 10 taking off their clothes. Ms Cunningham added: “He admitted that he liked to look at teenage lesbians — he suggested he had downloaded a couple of thousand images.”

Sheriff Iona MacDonald heard how Andrew was in possession of at least 20 category A images, the most severe level recorded by police.

One download was a video that depicted a sex act by a male on a baby girl thought to be between one and two-years-old.

Depraved Andrew was also in possession of 42 category B images and 11,123 category C images.

Sheriff MacDonald deferred sentence until next month for the preparation of a social work report.

Andrew was placed on the sex offenders’ register, the length of time he has to spend on will be determined at sentencing.

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