August 2018

NHS worker facing jail after being caught with a stash of child abuse images

An NHS worker is facing jail after he was caught with a stash of child abuse images.

Andrew Bayne, who worked as a healthcare assistant for NHS Tayside until his sick haul was discovered, had more than half a day’s worth of video footage of children being abused stored on his computer equipment.

Police were tipped off to his cache and went to his home on November 30 last year to search it.

Fiscal depute Saima Rasheed told Dundee Sheriff Court when they entered Bayne was “visibly shaking” and went to get changed.

Officers spotted him putting his hand in the rear pocket of his jeans then claimed he had only put his phone and wallet in there.

His trousers were then searched and they found a tablet and an SD card hidden in it – both of which contained child abuse pictures.

Miss Rasheed told the court: “A laptop and hard drive were also seized.

“All of these items contained indecent images of children, namely female children between the ages of eight and 14.

“The videos found had a total combined running time of 12 hours and 17 minutes.”

Four images and 10 videos at category A, the highest severity level, which can involve sadism and children being raped by adults, were found.

Officers also found images and videos at category B and 1142 images and three videos at category C.

Bayne, 55, of Church Street, Dundee, pleaded guilty on indictment to taking or making indecent images of children and possessing indecent images of children between July 2013 and November 2017.

Defence solicitor Douglas McConnell said: “The court will require reports in respect of this matter and he understands he will have to be available for those.”

Sheriff Alastair Carmichael deferred sentence until next month for social work background reports, placed Bayne on the sex offenders register and released him on bail meantime.