August 2020

Largs musician jailed after admitting sickening child sex offences

A musician who played in a popular local band has been jailed after pleading guilty to abusing and filming a seven-year-old child at an address in Largs.

Alfred Brown, 62, pleaded guilty to the sickening crime against the young girl, as well as having a stash of sickening indecent images of a child.

The offences are said to have spanned a 16-year period.

Brown was back in the dock at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court this week for sentencing after pleading guilty to two of four charges just before he was due to stand trial before a jury.

Not guilty pleas to two other charges libelled by the Crown were accepted by prosecutors.

The pervert featured in the pages of the News back in 2011 after joining band ‘The Sharps’. They group performed on the local music scene during 2011 and 2012 and also recorded a CD album which they sold at gigs in bars and pubs around Ayrshire.

The offender was known as ‘Alfie Brown’ in the group.

The court heard how Brown had used filming equipment to record his young victim and repeatedly compelled her to expose her underwear to him at a location in Largs.

He also captured footage of the primary school pupil while she was asleep and while he indecently touched her.

The offence is said to have taken place on a date between January 2003 and November 2010.

Brown also admitted on various occasions between 1 January 2003 and 4 March 2019, at his then home address in Lindsay Crescent in Largs, having in his possession indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs of a child contrary to the Civic Government Scotland Act 1982.

A not guilty plea to making, or allowing such images to be made, was accepted by the Crown.

Depraved Brown pleaded guilty to lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour and was placed on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.

He was also imprisoned for 17 months, backdated to 12 March when he was first remanded in custody. Brown was also been placed on a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for five years.