April 2019

Braehead Shopping Centre security guard snared with child abuse images on phone dodges jail

A fancy dress-obsessed security guard snared with child abuse images has dodged a jail term.

Gareth Gillies, 39 — a former worker at Braehead shopping centre — got 130 hours’ unpaid work and was placed on the sex offenders register.

The beast, of Knightswood, Glasgow, was caught with 17 sick photos of kids aged five to 15 on his mobile, and also shared images on Twitter.

His stash was uncovered following a tip-off to cops in April last year.

He admitted possessing the indecent images at the city’s sheriff court.

We told how Gillies had posed for promo snaps for Braehead in a fancy dress costume alongside a young girl.

He also wore a reindeer costume for a trip to a city school — but it’s believed this was not connected to his Braehead role.

March 2019

Braehead Shopping Centre security guard who posed with kids for pics unmasked as paedo with child abuse images on phone

A fancy dress-obsessed mall security guard has been unmasked as a beast snared with child abuse pics.

Gareth Gillies, 39, had 17 sick photos of kids aged five to 15 on his mobile — and also shared vile images on Twitter.

Gillies posed for promo snaps for Braehead Shopping Centre near Glasgow, and in one picture donned an Inuit ‘Eskimo’ outfit alongside a girl.

He also wore a reindeer costume for a trip to a city school — but it’s believed this was not connected to his Braehead role.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard Gillies, of Knightswood, may face jail after admitting possessing the indecent images.

Cops had been tipped off about his warped phone stash in April last year.

Prosecutor Alistair Shaw said: “They were in a folder called ‘screenshots’.”

It also emerged he had used Google to search for child abuse images.

He was put on the sex offenders register last week and sentence was deferred.