Former Deveronvale manager cleared of child porn charges

Published June 27, 2013 by JS2

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FORMER Deveronvale and Buckie Thistle manager Gregg Carrol walked free from court yesterday (Wednesday) after he was cleared of child pornography charges.

The 41-year-old taxi driver went on trial on Tuesday accused of downloading more than 200 indecent images.

However, it collapsed just a day later when Sheriff Annella Cowan ruled there was insufficient evidence to prosecute him.

Mr Carrol, of 18 Abbotswell Road, Aberdeen, denied the charges against him which alleged he had hundreds of explicit pictures of youngsters on three computers at his home.

He said they had been downloaded accidently when he was searching the internet for gay porn.

The trial at Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard evidence from forensic experts who said that pornographic images of children had been recovered from his computers.

But they admitted the photos could have found their way on to the two laptops and a desktop computer without Mr Carrol knowing and said they could not prove he had looked at the pictures.

After the Crown’s case had been presented, Mr Carrol’s defence counsel David Moggach submitted to the court there was no case to answer.

Sheriff Cowan upheld this motion and threw out the case due to insufficient evidence.

At the beginning of the trial a jury of 10 men and five women heard a joint minute of evidence which had been agreed between Carrol’s defence counsel and the procurator fiscal.

Contained in it were excerpts from Mr Carrol’s police interview which were read out in court by fiscal depute David Bernard.

Mr Carrol was brought in for questioning by officers on May 20 last year and was asked what he used the internet for.

He said for work, social networking and viewing gay porn.

When questioned about the sites he used to access porn, he was asked by police: “Have you seen anything that would make you question the age of those involved?”

He said: “Yes, you question it, but your understanding of the website is that they are of age.”

He was than asked: “What’s the youngest you have happened upon?”

He replied: “Young. Anything from young kids to 15, 16-year-olds.”

Carrol told the officers he had chosen files he believed contained images only involving adults and “happened across” files which contained children as young as six.

He said it was unintentional, as he had daughters, and deleted the items after viewing them.

 

Banffshire Journal

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