July 2019

Robroyston man who possessed 200 indecent images of children avoids jail sentence

A Robroyston man who possessed vile indecent images of children and was snared by his suspicious girlfriend has avoided jail.

Kevin Saeed, 34, was found guilty last month of taking or permitting to be taken indecent photographs of children and possessing indecent photographs of children between November 2014 to 22 June 2018.

Today (Friday, July 12) Saeed was ordered to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work and will be under the supervision of a social worker for two years.

Saeed will also be put on the sex offenders register for two years.

The court heard Saeed handed his Sony phone containing the indecent images to his former partner Angela Walker, 42, when she gave him a new handset in April 2017.

The pair were involved in a Pink Floyd tribute band and the phone had originally belonged to the band’s manager.

Miss Walker told the court that she suspected Saeed was cheating on her and had demanded his Facebook and email and phone passwords.

She said: “I examined the phone while Kevin was sleeping to see what was on it such as the search history.

“I looked on Youtube to see what videos he was searching and there were videos relating to paedophilia and the science behind it – one of the searches was ‘Am I a paedophile?’.”

Miss Walker then looked at the Google search history on the phone.

She said: “There was ‘pre-teen’ and ‘Omegle paedophile Glasgow’ which is a chatting facility and Shirley Temple when she was a young child.

“I was concerned about the search terms I had found and then I identified a deleted folder from the phone entitled ‘9YO girl’.”

Miss Walker handed the phone into Motherwell Police Station the next morning

She also told jurors that the the history and information on the phone dated back at least two years.

Prosecutor Harry Findlay asked Miss Walker if involving the police was a way to get rid of Saeed.

Miss Walker replied: “No, if I wanted to do that I would have had plenty of reasons.

“I loved him and wanted to be with him but I ended up upset and hurt.”

Saeed’s Robroyston home was searched and his computer and another phone were confiscated by police.

The Sony phone was found to have 215 vile images of children, the computer had 187 moving images and the other phone had three indecent images.

The court heard files on the computer has names such as ‘15y’, ‘14y’, ‘Paedo’ and ‘pre-teen hardcore.’

The post office worker had also gained access to the ‘dark web’ to look for an ‘open paedo video archive’.

Saeed denied the charges at Glasgow Sheriff Court and blamed his former manager Rab Brogan, but the jury did not believe him.

Saeed said in evidence: “He had access to it remotely.”

Mr Findlay asked him about the images on the laptop.

Saeed replied: “This was the same way as the phone as it was the only way he could do it.”

The jury unanimously found Saeed guilty of both charges.

Saeed maintained his innocence today at court through his lawyer Sat Singh.

Mr Singh said: “He denies any wrong doing.”

Sheriff Norman Ritchie QC told Saeed: “These images were disturbing.

“If you breach this order and fail to complete it in any way, you will be back before me and you will get a custodial sentence.”