A THIRTY six year old man who admitted possessing indecent images of children aged between eight and 13 has had sentence deferred.
Kevin Manson, of Lerwick’s Robertson Crescent, pleaded guilty to possessing the images at his home address and elsewhere between 11 June and 30 October 2020.
At Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday, procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said examination of a mobile phone and a memory card had uncovered four category ‘C’ images, at the lower end of the classification scale.
He said Manson had given “non-committal answers” when police first questioned him. The crown is also seeking forfeiture of the phone and memory card.
Sheriff Ian Cruickshank said that, while the images were at the “lowest possible end” of the scale, he felt it best to obtain reports “to ensure the final disposal is appropriate”.
Sentence was deferred until 27 October, with Manson’s bail continued, and he will be subject to sexual offences notification requirements until he is sentenced.
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