June 2015

Man caught with 5000 indecent images of children

A man caught with 5000 indecent images of children has avoided a prison sentence at Lanark Sheriff court

John Stanier (66) admitted taking or permitting the taking of indecent photographs of children at his former home in Castlehill court Symington bewteen 2010 and 2013

Stanier also pleaded guilty to possessing indecent photographs of children at the same address bewteen 2010 and 2014

Sheriff Nikola Stewart told Stanier: “Those that view sexual images of children participate in the abominable trade which sentences children to a life of utter misery”

Stanier was put on a three year community payback order under supervision, with the condition that he attend for sex offender treatment

The court heard his wife is standing by him

Stanier of Birnock water, Moffat was put on the sex offenders register for three years and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work