February 2019

Pervert had video which depicted the sexual abuse of a boy aged about 10

A Viewpark man was found with a suicide note after being caught with indecent images of children.

Kevin McAlorum told police officers he had been downloading and viewing such material for around 10 years.

Prosecutor Paula Russell told Hamilton Sheriff Court: “He told officers he hoped he would be caught so he could kill himself.”

McAlorum (55), of Langside Avenue, was jailed for six months last Thursday and put on the sex offenders’ register for seven years.

He admitted downloading indecent images between March 2012 and January last year.

The court heard police went to his home after receiving a tip-off that access to indecent images was being made from computer equipment there.

McAlorum, who lived with his elderly mother, gave officers the password for his desktop computer, which was taken away for examination.

Investigators found two copies of a video which depicted the sexual abuse of a boy aged about 10.

There was also evidence that McAlorum had been e-mailed hundreds of indecent images.

Ms Russell said officers had trouble tracing the accused to quiz him about their findings.

She explained: “Telephone calls went to voicemail and, concerned for his safety, police put in place a missing person protocol.

“He was traced to a local bar at 11pm that day and taken to Motherwell police station.

“A notebook, medication and a phone were recovered. Due to McAlorum’s state of intoxication, he was not interviewed and was allowed to sleep.

“A suicide note containing admissions of guilt by the accused were found in the notebook.”

Sentence on McAlorum, who has no previous convictions, had been deferred for background reports and a risk assessment.

Sheriff Daniel Kelly said prison was the only appropriate sentence.