December 2018

Man caught with pictures of child abuse and bestiality bailed

A pervert caught with child porn and bestiality images which included women having sex with dogs and horses has been placed on the sex offenders register.

A jury unanimously found Matthew Page, 40, guilty of having and making child sexual abuse images as well as possessing extreme bestiality images at his home on Burnside Drive, Arbroath.

His trial at Dundee Sheriff Court heard indecent images were found on four devices belonging to Page, including a mobile phone.

Before the trial started, Page pleaded guilty to breaching bail conditions by having two mobile phones when he was banned from having any electronic devices.

The phones were discovered by police on March 3 when officers stopped Page on Perth Road in relation to driving offences.

He had previously admitted driving without a full licence and without insurance.

After delivering their verdict, jurors heard Page had a significant number of previous convictions, consisting solely of driving offences in Australia, including a disqualification.

Page was found guilty of having indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of children at Burnside Drive between October 2 2013 and December 6 last year.

He was also found guilty of taking, permitting the taking or making indecent photographs or pseudo photographs at the same address between October 2 2013 and April 22 last year.

Page was also found guilty of having in his possession extreme pornographic images of women having sex with various animals, including dogs and horses, between October 3 2013 and December 6 last year.

Sentence was deferred until December 31 for reports and assessments and Page was granted bail meantime.