Man found with 1600 indecent images spared jail

A 59-year-old man has been spared a jail sentence after admitting being in possession of more than 1,600 indecent images of children at his former Borders home.

Thursday, 21st December 2017, 12:00 pm

William Bruce pleaded guilty at Jedburgh Sheriff Court to committing that offence at a property in Cardrona between March 2013 and January 2017.

The court heard that 1,608 images and 216 movies were recovered from three devices, most of them falling into the category C section deemed to be the least serious.

When interviewed by police, Bruce, now living in Dunfermline, declined to comment.

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Bruce was given a community payback order involving supervision for the next 21 months and controls over use of the internet.

His name was also placed on the sex offenders’ register for 21 months.