March 2015

Doctor has been spared jail after pleading guilty to downloading and possessing hundreds of indecent images of children

Brian Morris, of Hyndland in Glasgow, was arrested by police at his home where they uncovered almost 500 pictures and 23 videos on his laptop.

The 29-year-old, who is now a patient at Gartnavel hospital, pled guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Wednesday to downloading and possessing the images between November 2013 and March 2014.

Sheriff Daniel Scullion handed Morris a community payback order with the condition he will be supervised for two years and that he is on the sex offenders register during that time.

The court heard that Morris was employed as a doctor at Glasgow Royal Infirmary doing a research fellowship in relation to pancreatic cancer at the time of the offence.

He had also worked as a surgical trainee at the hospital as well as at the Golden Jubilee, Clydebank and Gartnavel hospitals.

The court was told police were granted a search warrant to search his Princes Terrace flat, where he lived at the time.

Officers had a laptop examined by an expert and the indecent images, still and moving, were recovered.

The court heard that 481 pictures were recovered, ranging from level one to level four. There were no images at level five – the highest and most extreme.

Of the 23 videos found on the laptop most ranged from level one to level four, with one at level five.

February 2015

Doctor caught with hundreds of indecent images of children on laptop

A doctor was caught with hundreds of indecent images of children after police raided his flat.

Brian Morris, 29, was snared when police discovered the haul at the rented flat he stayed in at Glasgow’s Princes Terrace.

The Glasgow University graduate’s laptop was analysed and almost 500 still images of children were found. There were also 23 videos found on the computer.

Morris, who is now a patient at Gartnavel Hospital, pled guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to downloading and possessing the images between November 2013 and March 2014.

The court heard that at the time Morris was employed as a doctor at a local hospital.

Police were granted a search warrant to search his house in Hyndland, Glasgow, the flat he lived in at the time.

Officers took a laptop which was examined by an expert and indecent images, still and moving, were recovered.

The court was told that 481 pictures were recovered, ranging from level one, to level four. There were no images at level five, the highest and most extreme.

Of the 23 moving images found on the laptop most ranged from level one to level four, with one at level five.

The court heard Morris, who is currently suspended, made no comment during his police interview and when cautioned and charged by officers he made no response.

Sheriff Daniel Scullion deferred sentence on Morris until next month.