September 2018

Aberdeen’s Aitkens Bakery boss caught with 16,000 indecent images of children jailed for 18 months

A bakery boss caught with nearly 16,000 indecent images of children at his home has been jailed for 18 months.

David Aitken, 60, appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court for sentencing after pleading guilty to the sick offences.

The court heard he had 15,961 still images and 405 videos.

Aitken, who is a partner in the city’s Aitkens Bakery, admitted taking or permitting to be taken or made indecent images of children as well as possessing the material.

The offences took place between March 16 2010 and September 11 2017. It came to light after Aitken’s home was searched by cops.

Officers seized computer equipment including hard drives and the bakery chief was later traced at his work.

Once told that a warrant had been executed at his home, the court heard Aitken “started to shake, saying he should not make any comment”.

Depute fiscal Alan Townsend said that during the examination of the equipment “baking-related content consistent with his profession” and “a large amount of documents relating to Aitkens Bakery” were found.

The still images and videos recovered were across categories A, B and C in the sliding scale – with A being the most severe.

Sheriff William Summers told Aitken: “These are very serious offences. These are not victimless crimes.”

August 2018

Aitkens bakery boss faces jail over 15,961 indecent images of kids

An Aberdeen bakery boss has been warned he is facing jail after admitting having nearly 16,000 indecent images of children.

David Aitken, 60, who is in the process of selling the Aitkens Bakery shops, appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court and admitted the offences.

The court was told he had 15,961 still images and 405 videos.

Aitken, who is a partner in the bakery business, admitted taking or permitting to be taken or made indecent images of children as well as possessing the material.

The offences took place between March 16 2010 and September 11 2017.

Depute fiscal Alan Townsend told the court that Aitken’s home was searched by police.

He said: “On October 14, police received intelligence, on October 17 a warrant was craved. At 8am on November 2 last year police attended and executed the warrant.”

Police seized computer equipment including hard drives.

Mr Townsend went on to say: “The accused was traced at his work.”

Once told that a warrant had been executed at his home, the court heard Aitken “started to shake, saying he should not make any comment”.

Mr Townsend said that during the examination of the equipment “baking-related content consistent with his profession” and “a large amount of documents relating to Aitkens Bakery” were found.

The still images and videos recovered were across categories A, B and C in the sliding scale – with A being the most severe category in grading abuse images.

Sheriff William Summers told Aitken, whose address was given in court papers as Anderson Drive, Aberdeen, that he would defer sentence until next month and that he would be subject to the notification requirements of the Sexual Offences Act.

And he warned him: “You have pled guilty to two very serious charges. You need to recognise the inevitability of a custodial sentence being imposed when you return to court.”