December 2018

Lerwick man handed prison sentence after downloading over 21,000 indecent images and videos of children

A man from Lerwick who downloaded over 21,000 indecent photos and videos of children has been sent to prison for 20 months.

Ross Robert Morrison, of Burgh Road, previously pleaded guilty at Lerwick Sheriff Court to “taking or permitting to be taken” the images at an address in Lerwick on or between December 3, 2016, and January 16 this year.

The court previously heard that the images and videos recovered by police on Morrison’s laptop were both described as “accessible and inaccessible”, with the latter meaning they had been deleted.

The images and videos covered the three classifications A, B and C, with A being the most serious.

Most of the images and videos were category C, with over 21,000 inaccessible images found in that classification as well as nearly 300 inaccessible videos.

There were no ‘accessible’ images or videos in category A or B, but there were 15 inaccessible category A pictures and three videos.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie previously told the court that all of the images and videos found contained girls, with some as young as five years old, adding that Morrison had frequented a Russian image website.

At Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday, defence agent Tommy Allan said his client had struggled to cope with the fact that he had committed the offence.

The solicitor added that Morrison could not explain how he got into the situation where he was viewing the images.

Sheriff Ian Cruickshank said he struggled to understand how someone could view that amount of images and videos “without a purpose”.

He noted that guidelines meant that the classification of the images had to be taken into account when sentencing.

The sheriff ruled there was no alternative to custody and he gave Morrison an extended sentence of 44 months.

This comprised a 20 month prison sentence followed by an extended period of 24 months on licence. Morrison was also placed on the sex offenders register.

October 2018

Shetland man admits downloading more than 21,000 indecent images and videos of children

A man from Lerwick who admitted downloading over 21,000 indecent photos and videos of children will be sentenced in December.

Ross Robert Morrison, of Burgh Road, pleaded guilty at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday to “taking or permitting to be taken” the images at an address in Lerwick on or between 3 December 2016 and 16 January 2018.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie told the court that the images and videos spanned all of the categories of classification.

He said the offence came to light after police undertook a search warrant at the 46-year-old’s address, with officers finding indecent images of children on a laptop which they had seized.

Morrison admitted the device was his and “reiterated that his partner was completely oblivious” to his actions.

Mackenzie said images and videos recovered were both described as “accessible and inaccessible”, with the latter meaning they had been deleted.

The images and videos covered the three classifications A, B and C, with A being the most serious.

Most of the images and videos were category C, with over 21,000 inaccessible images found in that classification as well as nearly 300 inaccessible videos.

There were no ‘accessible’ images or videos in category A or B, but there were 15 inaccessible category A pictures and three videos.

Mackenzie said all of the images and videos found contained girls, with some as young as five years old, adding that Morrison had frequented a Russian image website.

Sheriff Ian Cruickshank said Morrison would be subject to notification requirements under the sexual offences act and warned him that there is “only one likely outcome” when he is sentenced.

He continued Morrison’s bail ahead of his next appearance on 5 December.