Highland nurse banned from working after downloading extreme adult and child abuse images
A newly-qualified mental health nurse who downloaded child sexual abuse images and extreme adult pornography has been banned from the profession by the nursing watchdog.
Andrew Martin Mackay, 35, of Birchview, Newmore, Invergordon, was caught with hundreds of sickening images on his computers after police raided his home.
He was handed a three-year supervision order and 300 hours of unpaid community work at Inverness Sheriff Court in April last year.
He admitted possession of extreme pornography and indecent images of children.
Mackay had qualified as a nurse just six months before his crimes came to light.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has now decided to strike him off, saying his crimes are ‘fundamentally incompatible’ with him remaining in the profession.
An NMC panel said Mackay’s previous home address was raided by police in April 2014 and various items of computer equipment were seized.
Officers discovered nearly 500 indecent images of children and a number of extreme pornographic images – which included adult women performing sex acts with animals.
All of the images had been downloaded between August 2012 and April 2014.
He had also made internet searches for the terms ‘bestiality’ and ‘incest’.
When arrested, Mackay told officers he had looked at the images and said they made him ‘physically sick’.
Announcing the panel’s decision, following a hearing in London, the NMC said: “The panel had regard to the fact that Mr Mackay had qualified as a nurse less than six months prior to having been found accessing indecent images.
“It found Mr Mackay’s behaviour to be directly relevant to his role as a registered nurse, and extremely concerning, given that he would have been in a position of power over vulnerable patients.
“Mr Mackay’s actions were very serious and significant departures from the standards expected of a registered nurse, and are fundamentally incompatible with his remaining on the register”.
Pervert admits downloading graphic images of children being abused
Andrew Mackay also told officers who raided his home: “It was my morbid curiosity that made me do it.”
The 35-year-old appeared at Inverness Sheriff Court yesterday and admitted two charges of possessing pornographic images and videos involving children, adults and animals.
Sentence was deferred until April 17 for reports and he was placed on the sex offenders register.
Fiscal depute Karen Smith told the court that police had received information that the internet provider address linked to Mackay and his address at 14 MacLennan Crescent, Inverness, had been used to access indecent images of children.
She added: “A search warrant was obtained and two laptops were seized.
“Upon analysis, both contained illegal material.
“One laptop contained 57 thumbnail images which had been deleted and five videos, all created between August, 2012 and April 2014.
“On the second laptop, 414 thumbnails and nine video fragments were found.
“In total, there were 471 images and 14 videos, all created between August 2012 and April 2014. Sharing software was also found on his computer.”
Of the images, 142 pictures and seven videos were regarded as the two most graphic kind.
When officers searched his home, he admitted that he had indecent images, saying: “I have looked at the images and they made me physically sick.”
He added that some of the videos he had downloaded but had not viewed and his partner was unaware of the password to his computer.