June 2018

Fife businessman’s career in ruins after being caught with huge haul of depraved child abuse images which he ‘traded’ with other perverts

A company boss was today told he faces jail after he admitted amassing a huge cache of child abuse images and “trading” them online with other perverts.

David Middlefell-Williams was forced out as managing director of Flintriver – a firm he founded 18 years ago which provides branding services to councils, universities, law firms and some of Scotland’s most prestigious golf courses – within days of being caught in possession of the sickening stash.

Police were tipped off that someone using an internet connection at his address in Cupar, Fife, had been downloading indecent images of children.

They raided his home on September 24 last year and he immediately told cops: “It was me – I’ve been looking, just looking.”

Cyber crime experts found more than 5500 sick pictures of children on his phone – including 1133 at the highest end of the scale used to rate such images – as well as 58 of women engaging in sex acts with animals.

Fiscal depute Sue Ruta told Dundee Sheriff Court that when he was interviewed by police, he admitted looking at an app on his phone and found pictures of young girls in “provocative” poses.

He then went on to use another app that allowed him to “trade” in the images with other online sex offenders.

She said: “A search of the property commenced and items were seized for examination including a mobile phone.

“During an initial examination of the items indecent images were recovered.

“They were taken by police for forensic examination and on the when the mobile phone was examined indecent images were found.

“There were 1133 images at category A, 1011 at category B and 3537 at category C.”

Middlefell-Williams, 66, of Drum Well, Cupar, pleaded guilty on indictment to downloading indecent images of children between March 8 2016 and September 24 2017.

He further admitted possessing extreme pornography and distributing indecent images of children.

Defence solicitor, David Bell, said: “I’ve been through the definitive guidelines with him and there is a risk of a custodial sentence.

“He has recognised immediately he has a problem and he engaged with an agency designed to assist him with that.

“He has no previous convictions and has been on bail since September 26.”

Sheriff Alastair Brown deferred sentence for social work background reports and released Middlefell-Williams on bail meantime.

He was also placed on the sex offenders register ahead of the sentencing date in July.

The sheriff said: “Distribution of indecent photographs of children is something I regard as very serious and carries a very serious possibility of a custodial sentence.”