October 2018

Dundee beast caught with huge stash of ‘appalling’ child abuse images spared jail

A man caught with a massive haul of child abuse images that a sheriff described as “the most appalling material” he had ever encountered has been spared jail.

Jeffrey Underwood amassed a collection of almost 20,000 still images and videos depicting horrific sexual abuse of children as young as three and women carrying out sex acts with horses and dogs.

Graphic descriptions of some of the images – too obscene to print – were read out after Underwood admitted two charges committed over the course of more than three-and-a-half years.

A sheriff earlier told Underwood: “I come across this type of case regularly – to say this material is more extreme is a significant statement.”

Fiscal depute Nicola Gillespie told Dundee Sheriff Court that officers raided Underwood’s flat close to Dundee city centre in October last year.

She said: “Officers seized a laptop, an external hard drive, USB stick and a tablet. It was analysed by cyber crime officers.

“In total they found 19,917 still images and nine videos of indecent images of children.

“There were also 1183 extreme pornography images and one video.

“He appears to have been actively carrying out searches for children, particularly young children.”

Underwood, 48, of Bonnethill Court, Dundee, pleaded guilty on indictment to possessing indecent images of children between March 2014 and October 2017 and possessing extreme pornography between April 4 2016 and October 13 2017.

Sheriff Alastair Brown imposed a community payback order with three years supervision and an order that he take part in a sex offenders group work programme.

Underwood was also placed on the sex offenders register for three years.

The sheriff said: “The kind of stuff you were looking at is illegal, and it is illegal because when it is produced children get hurt.

“These are real children suffering real abuse and it does real damage.

“If you look at this stuff again, if you have anything to do with it, you are going to end up in prison.”

In July the same sheriff said of the case: “What is described is some of the most appalling material I have ever encountered.”

July 2018

Man caught with ‘most appalling’ child abuse images

A sheriff has described child abuse material found in a Dundee man’s flat as “some of the most appalling” he had ever encountered.

Jeffrey Underwood 48, of Bonnethill Court, Dundee was caught with almost 20,000 photos and videos of children as young as three.

Underwood, 48, admitted two charges committed over more than three-and-a-half years.

He was placed on the sex offenders register and will be sentenced in August.

Depute Nicola Gillespie told Dundee Sheriff Court officers raided Underwood’s home last October.

She said: “Officers seized a laptop, an external hard drive, USB stick and a tablet.

“In total they found 19,917 still images and nine videos of indecent images of children.

“There were also 1,183 extreme pornography images and one video.

“He appears to have been actively carrying out searches for children, particularly young children.”

The court was told the offences were committed between March 2014 and October last year.

Sheriff Alastair Brown deferred sentence for background reports and released Underwood on bail.

He said: “What is described is some of the most appalling material I have ever encountered.

“Every one of these photos and videos represents the actual abuse of a real child.

“When you look for this material and use it you create a market and in that way you contribute to that abuse taking place.”