February 2019

A sheriff recalled a TripAdvisor-style review of the city’s court for a sex offender for using a library computer to look at golfing holidays.

Former NHS worker Andrew Bayne spent two days in custody after being arrested at the Central Library.

Bayne, 55, had been banned from accessing the internet without the consent of his social worker after admitting having a haul of disgusting child rape videos in 2017.

The pervert had used the public computer to access his TalkTalk account, look at the Cineworld website and browse golfing holidays online.

Bayne appeared yesterday before Sheriff Alastair Brown, who used an analogy about a Google review of the court warning him about repeating his behaviour.

Addressing Bayne directly, he said: “I have no doubt the order to which you are subjected is causing you all sorts of difficulties. It’s meant to.

“About four years ago if you searched for Dundee Sheriff Court, you would find a review about it.

“It was a great place to go for the weekend before you go for an extended stay in Perth.

“I looked again recently and it’s not there now.

“You have had the weekend and you do not want the extended break in Perth.”

Bayne pleaded guilty to breaching the terms of the community payback order.

When asked by Sheriff Brown why Bayne didn’t ask permission from his supervising officer, solicitor David Duncan replied: “That’s a question I am sure he has spent the last several hours asking himself.”

Bayne, who could be seen smiling as the comments were made, was allowed to have his order continue and remain at liberty.

The court previously heard Bayne, who worked as a healthcare assistant for NHS Tayside, had more than 12 hours’ worth of videos of children being abused stored on his computer.

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

He was placed on the sex offenders register for three years and banned from using the internet without permission during that time.

September 2018

Dundee NHS worker caught with horrific stash of child abuse footage dodges jail

A Dundee NHS worker has dodged jail after he was caught with a horror 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 three images and three videos at category B and 1,142 images at 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.

Sheriff Alastair Carmichael imposed a community payback order with three years’ supervision and a requirement for Bayne to take part in a sex offenders group work programme.

Bayne was also placed on the sex offenders register for three years and banned from using the Internet without express permission during that time.

Sheriff Carmichael said: “You have to understand that this is a direct alternative to custody.

“If you do not comply with these requirements you will be back before me.”

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.