May 2021

Sex offender used Xbox console to access indecent images

A convicted sex offender has been caught with a vile cache of indecent images of young girls for the second time.

David Munro, 51, was snared with pictures of girls as a young as ten being sexually abused when child protection cops checked out his house.

Paisley Sheriff Court heard Munro – who was caged for 27 months in September 2018 for distributing and hoarding child abuse films – was busted again on February 5.

Dozens of the files were deemed to be Category A – the most depraved level of child sexual abuse, rape or torture of girls aged as young as four

Procurator fiscal depute David McDonald told the court police officers who monitor sex offenders in Renfrewshire visited the house in Johnstone where Munro lives with his parents.

He said: “Constables attended the home address in Johnstone and both were allowed entry by the accused’s mother.

“He was found in a bedroom upstairs. He was asked if he could switch on his Xbox console.

“He was also asked to switch his TV to the channel displaying the Xbox.

“Officers observed the browser Duck, Duck Go, which allows users to search without retaining information.

“On another tab, officers saw the word ‘p****’ and noticed several images of young females engaged in sexual acts.

“These females were younger than 16 years old.

“Other terms observed on tabs were ‘Lolita,’ ‘teen Cute’ and ‘proscribed p****’.”

The court heard cops cautioned Munro as they believed they had witnessed indecent images of children on his gaming rig.

He was taken to the police station and questioned when he first claimed he had “not been looking for indecent images”.

When asked why he was on these sites, he replied: “I thought it was just for teenage lassies.”

When shown one image of a youngster found, he admitted: “Aye, she looks younger than 16.”

Munro also admitted he “had not been honest” with cops about his conduct.

Cyber crime experts analysed his gaming device and discovered nine images depicting the sexual abuse of girls aged as young as ten.

One was category A, two were category B and the remainder were classed as category C.

He appeared via video link from prison and pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of indecent images of children on February 5.

Defence agent Jim Clark said the court would likely be considering an extended sentence given his client’s record.

Mr Clark also reserved his submission in defence of Munro until after the court had obtained background reports in preparation for sentencing.

Sheriff Bruce Erroch remanded Munro in custody

He told him: “It is appropriate that I have the fullest information available so I will call for reports.”

Munro will return on June 18.

September 2018

Beast who hoarded horrific child rape films at parents’ home caged for 27 months

A creepy sex beast who hoarded horrific child rape films at his parents’ home has been caged for 27 months.

Loner David Munro, 48, who also distributed movies depicting the sexual abuse of youngsters over the internet to other paedophiles, was also placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years.

Munro appeared for sentence at Paisley Sheriff Court yesterday after he was snared with a vile cache of illegal images and films following a child protection operation by police.

Officers who raided the house, in which he lived with his elderly parents, recovered his laptop computer with 80 indecent pictures showing girls as young as four being abused by grown men.

He had also collected 79 obscene movies depicting the harrowing sexual abuse of youngsters, the majority of these being Category A – the most depraved level of child sex abuse.

The pervert of Peockland Gardens, Johnstone, pleaded guilty to charges of taking or permitting to be taken a quantity of indecent images of children between May 12, 2017 and November 27, 2017.

He also admitted a charge of distributing indecent images of children between October 1, 2017, and October 16, 2017.

His defence agent Jonathan Manson appealed to the court spare him jail because Munro had been born with a congenital disorder and had been involved in a serious car accident when he was much younger, which had a catastrophic effect on his physical and emotional development.

The lawyer said: “He has a congenital birth disorder and was involved a very serious road accident. The combination of these two factors have caused him real difficulties.

“He has been unable to form personal relationships, particularly with the opposite sex.

The court was told police intelligence prompted a dawn raid at the home Munro shares with his parents.

Fiscal depute Pamela Brady said: “Police had intelligence that an IP address at the locus had been uploading indecent images of children and checks were carried out.

“A search warrant was granted and at around 8.10am on November 29, 2017, a number of police officers attended the locus where they were allowed entry by the accused’s mother.

“The accused was present as the search continued.

“He admitted, stating, ‘It has nothing to do with them,’ referring to his mother and stepfather.

“He said, ‘There are some indecent images. It’s nothing to do with them.’

“A laptop computer was located.

“The accused confirmed it was his laptop and that he was the user.”

His computer, which was analysed by cyber crime experts, contained 80 indecent images of children inside folders in the user account name David.

A number of moving images of children were also discovered. These were 79 files of which 51 were Category A, 18 were Category B and 10 were Category C.

Previously, Munro sparked outrage at an Old Firm match when he taunted US-born Rangers player Claudio Reyna in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist atrocities.

The Celtic fan later apologised for goading the player by mimicking a plane with his arms extended as Reyna was taking a corner kick at Ibrox Stadium on September 30, 2001 – barely three weeks after the attacks.

Sheriff David Pender told Munro there was only one sentence appropriate given the seriousness of his crime.

He said: “In my view the offence– particularly the second charge – is so serious I can only deal with this by imposing a period in custody.

“Charge one you will serve nine months reduced from 12 months because of your guilty plea. Charge two is 36 months, reduced to 27 months, because of the plea.

“These charges will run concurrently.”

He also placed Munro on the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years.

August 2018

Beast snared with child abuse films at home he shared with his parents

A sordid beast was snared at his parents’ house with movies of children being raped.

Vile David Munro, 48, collected and shared the horrific files over the internet with other paedophiles.

Paisley Sheriff Court heard cops who raided the address in Johnstone discovered a cache of 80 photographs on his laptop computer featuring girls as young as four being abused by men.

The creep also hoarded 79 movie files on his computer.

Dozens of the files were deemed to be Category A – the most depraved level of child sex abuse.

Fiscal depute Pamela Brady told the court how police intelligence prompted a dawn raid on the home the accused shared with his parents, which led to the discovery of the horror cache.

She said: “Police had intelligence that an I.P address at the locus had been uploading indecent images of children and checks were carried out.

“A search warrant was granted and at around 8.10am on November 29, 2017, a number of police officers attended the locus where they were allowed entry by the accused’s mother.

“The accused was present as the search continued.

“He admitted, stating, ‘It has nothing to do with them,’ referring to his mother and stepfather.

“He said, ‘There are some indecent images. It’s nothing to do with them.’

“A laptop computer was located.

“The accused confirmed it was his laptop and that he was the user.”

The court Munro was detained and taken to Govan Police Office where he was quizzed by the cops.

His computer, which was analysed by cyber crime experts, contained 80 indecent images of children inside folders in the user account name David.

The fiscal told the court an example of Munro’s Category A images was a child being raped.

Ms Brady said: “An additional number of moving images of children were discovered. These were 79 files of which 51 were Category A, 18 were Category B and 10 were Category C.”

She added contact between Munro and other internet paedophiles was discovered as well.

She said: “There was evidence of Skype conversations between the user David Munro and fellow Skype users.

“In the course of these conversations, relating to the abuse of children, the accused was moving image files.”

Yesterday Munro, of Peockland Gardens, Johnstone, pleaded guilty to charges of taking or permitting to be taken a quantity of indecent images of children between May 12, 2017 and November 27, 2017.

He also admitted a charge of distributing indecent images of children between October 1, 2017, and October 16, 2017.

Sheriff David Pender told the accused: “There are very serious charges. But I cannot deal with the matter until I have got reports.

“I will adjourn the indictment matter for the preparation of a Criminal Justice Social Work Report and a report from the Pathways Project.”

He placed Munro on the Sex Offenders’ Register and ordered to appear at court on September 19 where he will learn of his fate.