April 2019

Child abuse images pervert lives less than one mile from five East Kilbride primary schools

A Greenhills man caught with thousands of indecent images of children is living in his very own paedophile playground.

Disgusting Daniel Head was last month placed on the sex offenders’ register for three years after he admitted possessing and sharing images that depicted child abuse.

The 27-year-old perv is living LESS THAN A MILE from five East Kilbride primary schools.

Head, of Hawthorn Terrace, lives 0.3 miles from Castlefield and South Park primaries; 0.7 miles from Crosshouse and St Vincent’s primaries; and 0.8 miles from Greenhills Primary.

At the shortest, he is a FIVE MINUTE walk from hundreds of school children. At the longest, he is just 16 minutes from being able to prey on pupils.

Appearing at Hamilton Sheriff Court, Head admitted offences relating to child porn, avoiding jail.

Sheriff Thomas Millar said he was prepared to make a community-based order rather than send Head to jail, warning him he must comply with a series of conditions.

These include attending the ‘Moving Forward, Making Changes’ programme for offenders and having no device capable of accessing the internet without the permission of his supervising officer.

Defending him, Head’s solicitor told the court her client had ‘stopped viewing child porn’.

Margaret Chalmers told the court: “There has been no further offending and he attended, of his own volition, a course for offenders called ‘Stop it Now’.

“This included writing an essay from a victim’s point of view. He now understands the serious nature of what he had become involved in.”

Head – along with other convicted sex offenders – is monitored by the multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA), which manages sex offenders living in communities.

Police Scotland strictly monitor offenders within the MAPPA framework and any housing provided by local authorities is said to be “carefully assessed,”taking into consideration a number of factors, including environmental and security issues.

Chief social worker, Liam Purdie, said South Lanarkshire Council would not comment on specific cases or individuals, calling the management of sex offenders in the community “a particularly sensitive and complex area of work”.

He added: “Whilst it remains the main priority, a balance is also required between public safety and the right of the individual.

“All aspects of cases are carefully considered at every stage of the process, from psychological and risk assessments, to places of residence and potential security issues.

“A number of measures can be put in place to manage offenders in the community and these are monitored by dedicated police officers and officials from partner organisations.”

A Scottish Government spokeswoman said they too could not comment on individual court decisions, but said they “continue to work” with local and national agencies to prevent such offending and reoffending.

Their efforts are also “to ensure victims, as well as the wider community, are supported through the justice system and wider public services.”

The spokeswoman added: “We have toughened how registered sex offenders are managed under MAPPA, allowing information to be shared and risk assessment and management plans agreed between responsible authorities locally.”

Police Scotland called the placement of sex offenders in society, a “very sensitive issue,” and admitted they could “never eliminate risk entirely”.

A spokeswoman for the force added: “We want to reassure communities that all reasonable steps are being taken to protect them.”