A national children’s charity said an Aberdeen man jailed after he was caught with almost 16,000 indecent images of children had “fuelled” the demand for the “sickening” material.
As was reported in later editions of yesterday’s Evening Express, David Aitken, 60, was jailed for 18 months when he appeared at the city’s sheriff court for sentencing after being found with 15,961 indecent images of children and 405 videos.
Aitken, a partner in Aitkens Bakery, admitted taking or permitting to be taken or making indecent images of children as well as possessing the material.
The offences took place between March 16 2010 and September 11 2017. They came to light after Aitken’s home was searched by police.
After Aitken was locked up and placed on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years, a spokesman for NSPCC Scotland said: “Behind every image is a real child suffering appalling abuse and, through possessing these images, Aitken has only fuelled the demand for this sickening material to be produced.
“NSPCC Scotland works in schools and in the community to prevent abuse and is campaigning for internet companies to do far more to prevent vile abuse images from being produced.”
He said any adult concerned about the welfare of a child or young person can call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000, while children can call Childline on 0800 1111.
At the sentencing hearing defence agent Andrew Ormiston said his client, whose address was given as Anderson Drive, had “lost everything”.
Mr Ormiston said: “It’s fair to say that David Aitken has lost everything as a result of his offending behaviour coming to light – that’s both personally and professionally.”
He said Aitken’s business interests were being wound up and his client had engaged in the process as long as he could.
The Aitkens Bakery shops on Glenbervie Road and Menzies Road in Torry and John Street and Holburn Street in Aberdeen were put up for sale earlier this year.
Both the Torry outlets remain open.
The premises on John Street and Holburn Street have closed, and property firm Ean Emslie said the units would be available to lease within the next couple of weeks.