August 2005

Web images among worst ever seen

AN INTERNET paedophile who hoarded a collection of porn showing 700 different children being brutally abused was yesterday jailed for six years. 

Euan Aitken’s collection was described as among the worst ever seen by experts. Some of the video files even included voice recordings of the children’s screams. 

And he gave perverts around the world access to his twisted collection using internet file-sharing programs. 

Lord Hardie told him: ‘These were among the most repugnant images ever recovered by Central Scotland police computer unit, who are recognised as one of the leading investigators of these crimes in this country.’ 

Aitken, 29, of Craigview, Sauchie, Clackmannanshire, was traced by the Metropolitan Internet Crime Unit. 

They passed his name to the Central Scotland force’s computer crime unit and a raid was carried out on his home. 

Aitken was asked if he had images depicting the abuse of children and replied: ‘Aye. I’ve got other stuff as well. I’ve got everything – just curiosity.’ 

He was found to have a total of 157 video files and about 800 pictures of the abuse of children The images were stored on a computer using shared folders, which let Aitken exchange the material on the internet. 

He originally admitted his crimes at Alloa Sheriff Court but the maximum sentence available to that court was five years, so he was sent to the High Court in Edinburgh for sentencing. 

John Scott, defending, said Aitken had committed his crimes through ‘a deep ignorance’ of the implications of his behaviour. 

He said that there was little chance he would ever return to live in his village. 

But Lord Hardie hit back: ‘That is but nothing compared to the 700 abused children and their lives. 

‘It is impossible for anyone to assess the physical and psychological damage caused to the large number of young victims.’ 

He told Aitken: ‘By your action or inaction you gave access to pornography involving children to millions of computer users across the globe.’ 

Aitken showed no emotion as he was led from the dock to start his sentence. 

He was earlier put on the sex offenders’ register and will be supervised for two years after his release