Repeat offender jailed after being caught with sickening child abuse images
Paul Cook, from Parkhead, had previously been put on probation and served ‘short’ sentences for similar offences.
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A repeat offender caught with 83 indecent images of children on two phones has been jailed for 14 months.
A legal debate over whether the images were ‘moving’ or ‘still’ meant his sentence was postponed until yesterday morning.
Cook also claimed some of the pictures of children were legal as they had been downloaded from a naturist website.
The 56-year-old pleaded guilty to taking or permitting the taking of indecent or pseudo photographs of children between March 2 2015 and October 26 2016.
Cook downloaded the evil images at his home address in the east end of Glasgow.
Last week fiscal depute Wendy Wilson told court that officers from Police Scotland’s cyber-crime unit found 67 pictures on an iPhone 4. 63 of those were category C and four of them category A – the worst kind.
All of the images featured girls aged between five and 12. Some of them were described in court as ‘erotic poses’, however the category A images showed abuse too graphic for us to describe.
The further 16 images were found on a Smartfast 6 mobile phone and were all category C.
Cook’s defence lawyer Miss Beaumont told court her client was attending the ‘Stop it Now’ programme and that he ‘accepted’ he had a problem.
Sheriff Daniel Scullion noted Cook had previously been put on probation for three years for a similar offence. Sheriff Scullion added that Cook had spent ‘short periods’ in prison for a further two parallel types of case.
Having noted Cook’s three previous convictions for similar offences he said: “I take into account everything Miss Beaumont has said on your behalf. All of these were still images, that’s a material aspect and is relevant.
“This is your third conviction for similar offences.
“I take the view in the public interest that only a custodial sentence is appropriate.”
Sheriff Scullion jailed Cook for 14 months, reduced from 18 for his early plea of guilty. Cook will also be subject to the sex offender’s notifications for 10 years.