April 2021

Man claims he downloaded over 1000 indecent images of kids for ‘research’

A man caught with child abuse photographs on his laptop claimed he was not a paedophile and was only doing research.

Douglas Suttie told police officers an ex-partner had been a victim of abuse and he wanted “a better understanding of what she had been through”.

Suttie, 49, was placed on the sex offenders’ register when he appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court on Friday.

He admitted downloading more than 1200 child abuse images at his home in Tollhouse Gardens, Bellshill, between May 2018 and March last year.

Jennifer McCabe, prosecuting, said that while most of the photos were in the least serious category, 34 were rated category A, the most depraved.

She said Suttie’s laptop was seized when police officers arrived at his home with a search warrant on March 24 last year

It was clear from the laptop’s search history that he had been scouring websites for material.

Images that he had deleted were found after specialist officers carried out a forensic examination of the device.

Ms McCabe told the court: “During a police interview the accused admitted being on websites he shouldn’t have visited and had seen some ‘very sickening’ images of children being abused.

“He said this was not for sexual gratification but for research.

“One of his ex-partners had been subjected to abuse as a child and he wanted to better understand what she had been through. She had not really opened up to him.

“The accused also said that he had hoped to find pictures of the person who had abused his ex.”

Sheriff Daniel Kelly called for a criminal justice social work report and a risk assessment.

Sentence on Suttie was deferred until next month and his bail was continued.