An Aberdeen bakery boss who admitted having nearly 16,000 indecent images of children was today jailed for 18 months.
David Aitken, 60, appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court for sentencing after previously pleading guilty to the offences.
The court had heard he had 15,961 still images and 405 videos.
Aitken, who is a partner in Aitkens Bakery, admitted taking or permitting to be taken or made indecent images of children as well as possessing the material.
The offences took place between March 16 2010 and September 11 2017. It came to light after Aitken’s home was searched by police.
Police seized computer equipment including hard drives. Aitken is as later traced at his work.
Once told that a warrant had been executed at his home, the court heard Aitken “started to shake, saying he should not make any comment”.
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Depute fiscal Alan Townsend said that during the examination of the equipment “baking-related content consistent with his profession” and “a large amount of documents relating to Aitkens Bakery” were found.
The still images and videos recovered were across categories A, B and C in the sliding scale – with A being the most severe.
Today defence agent Andrew Ormiston told the court that Aitken, whose address was given as Anderson Drive, Aberdeen, 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 added that Aitken’s conduct had affected his family and employees.
He added: “He wishes to make it clear the weight for these offences is with him and no one else.”
Mr Ormiston said a background report was “candid” and “explains fully how David Aitken ended up admitting to these offences.”
He added that Aitken’s business interests were being wound up and that his client had engaged in the process for as long as he could.
Sheriff William Summers told Aitken: “These are very serious offences. These are not victimless crimes.”