November 2015

Airdrie paedophile downloaded indecent images of children as young as five

AN Airdrie paedophile faces a lengthy jail sentence after admitting downloading a large number of some of the worst categories of child pornography.

John Melvin, 59, of Springholm Drive, Rochsoles, pleaded guilty at Airdrie Sheriff Court to taking or making indecent photographs of young children over a three-year period between October 2011 and last December. He also admitted being in possession of vile images of children.

Prosecutor Agnes Meek, who told the court Melvin was a first offender, said: “He lives in a two-bedroom semi-detached house. Police, acting on national intelligence, obtained a search warrant on December 20, 2014.

“On Christmas Eve police arrived at his home at 8am. He was not in at the time. His wife was informed as to why they were there and a systematic search was carried out and a production schedule was taken.

“A laptop was seized and examined by the Cybercrime Unit who confirmed it contained indecent images of children.”

The court heard that 22 still images and 61 moving images were found on the computer, of girls aged from five to 16 years of age.

Ms Meek added: “I can confirm that 40 of the moving images were grade “A” category, the worst possible. The internet history and search engines showed he had been on sites well known for indecent images of children. There was no evidence that he had been distributing them to others.”

Defence lawyer Eddie Kelly said: “This is a case I would imagine the court would want to obtain reports, including a risk assessment.”

Addressing Melvin, Sheriff Frank Pieri said: “I shall not sentence you today. I will call for a Criminal Justice Social Work Report including a risk assessment. You will immediately become subject of the sex offenders’ register.”

Sentence was deferred until November 25 and Melvin was released on bail.

Meanwhile, in a separate case, a Coatbridge paedophile who made indecent photographs of young children has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Sick Stephen Kelly, 37, of Addiewell Place, Whifflet, was convicted by a jury at Airdrie Sheriff Court last month following a two-day trial.

He was found guilty of taking or making the indecent images of young children and a second charge of being in possession of the photographs.

Kelly committed the offences at his Coatbridge home over a four-year period between March 2010 and March 2014.

Sentencing him, Sheriff Petra Collins also imposed an extended sentence, which will result in Kelly being on licence for two years upon his release from prison, as an extra protection to members of the public.

He was also put on the sex offenders’ register.