Former Bay City Roller escapes jail on child porn charges
Derek Longmuir, a founder member of the Seventies pop group Bay City Rollers, was sentenced to 300 hours of community service at Edinburgh Sheriff Court for possessing child abuse images.
Longmuir, who has been suspended from his job as a nurse at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, refused to comment when he left court.
The drummer of the Scottish group, now 49, pleaded guilty earlier this month to having indecent films, videos and photos of children at his Edinburgh home.
He also admitted making indecent photos of children at his home in March 1998.
His lawyer, Robbie Burnett told Edinburgh Sheriff Court that Longmuir was “not a paedophile and was not someone who engages in child sex nor somebody terribly interested in child porn”.
Bay city rollers – Derek Longmuir (Second right)
Robbie Burnett concluded that, “He deplores and disapproves of the exploitation of children for any of these purposes.”
Sheriff Isobel Poole deferred sentence on Longmuir, of Queens Park Court, Edinburgh, until today for psychiatric, social inquiry and community service reports.
The court heard how Lothian and Borders Police serious crime squad officers found the material after a raid on Derek Longmuir’s home in September 1998 following a tip-off. Police seized computers, videos and floppy disks from the house, which were pointed out to the officers by Longmuir.
Twenty-two videos out of 153 seized and six projector reels contained child porn. 1,000 images were recovered out of the 73 floppy disks confiscated, and some of these showed sex involving children. Longmuir initially claimed they belonged to an American friend.
Derek Longmuir started the Bay City Rollers with his brother, Alan, and – after teaming up with lead singer Les McKeown and guitarists Stuart ‘Woody’ Wood and Eric Faulkner – achieved international fame with a string of hits, including Shang-a-Lang, Give a Little Love and Bye Bye Baby.
Derek Longmuir gave up pop fame in the early 80s, and ten years ago started training to become a nurse after helping out voluntarily at the Sick Children’s Hospital in Edinburgh.
He qualified in 1993 to work at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.