May 2021

Scots sex beast caught with horrific child abuse images after cops raid family home

A vile pervert was caught with a horrific cache of images depicting the sexual abuse of young girls after cops raided the family home.

David Bennett, 57, was discovered with 25 video clips of youngsters being molested on his computer at a house in Ferguslie Park, Paisley.

Paisley Sheriff Court heard cops armed with information about the illegal possession of indecent images swooped on the address on August 12 last year.

Procurator fiscal depute David McDonald said: “Police attended at the address and showed the occupants the warrant.

“A female said, ‘You have been here before and you are not going to find anything’.”

“A systematic search was carried out and a black tower PC unit was seized.”

The court heard the PC was analysed by cyber crime experts, who discovered the presence of illegal images of young children.

The prosecutor added: “Officers received a cyber crime report and returned to the address on August 15.

“They entered and the accused Bennett said, ‘Sorry, I feel ashamed’. He added, ‘I know why you are here. It is my computer.’”

He was taken to Greenock Police Station where he again confirmed he was the owner of the PC, and he told officers: “I don’t know why I did it.”

He appeared in the dock before Sheriff Colin Pettigrew where he pleaded guilty to a charge of having indecent images of children in his possession, between April 7 and August 12, last year.

Analysis of his computer revealed there were 25 short video clips, depicting the sexual abuse of girls aged between ten and 13.

A total of 11 images were classified as category A – the worst level of abuse, with 14 at category B.

Sheriff Colin Pettigrew told Bennett: “It is important to adjourn until the court has all competent disposals available.”

He placed Bennett on the Sex Offenders’ Register and released him on bail with special conditions protecting children and restricting his use of the internet.

He will discover his fate when he appears for sentencing on June 25.