April 2019

Golf club youth convener spared jail over stash of child sex abuse pics

A CLYDEBANK man who left his post as a golf club’s youth convener after being caught with indecent pictures of children has been spared a jail term.

Donal Ferrie appeared in court on Thursday after pleading guilty to taking, or permitting to be taken, a total of 33 images – two at ‘category B’ level and the rest at ‘category C’, regarded as the lowest level of seriousness.

The 53-year-old first offender, of Waverley in Drumry’s Onslow Road, admitted being in possession of the images between February 24 and June 26 last year at an address in Strathclyde Road, Dumbarton.

A previous court hearing was told police launched a probe into Ferrie after getting a tip that an indecent image had been uploaded.

The IP address was attributed to Ferrie’s then home address in Alclutha Avenue, Dumbarton, and at Dumbarton Golf Club.

A search warrant served on June 26, 2018 retrieved mobile phones including a Samsung Galaxy S8 which was found to have a number of images.

The pictures depicted children aged around seven to 13 years old and appeared to be screenshots; the court was told the source of the images could not be determined.

A court hearing last month was told there was no evidence to suggest Ferrie – who had said to police “I’m not a criminal”, when he was arrested – had shared or otherwise distributed the images.

A background report from social workers was ordered prior to Ferrie’s sentencing.

Ferrie was handed a community payback order which will see him supervised by social workers until April 2021, with a requirement to attend any counselling or course in respect of sexual offending required by his supervisor.

He was also told to carry out 160 hours of unpaid work within nine months, and was placed on the sex offenders’ register for two years

March 2019

Former golf club youth convener had 33 indecent images of children

A golf club youth convener has admitted possession of indecent images of children.

Donal Ferrie, of Waverley, Onslow Road, Clydebank, pleaded guilty at Dumbarton Sheriff Court last week to taking or permitting to be taken the 33 images, two of which were at category B and 31 at the lowest category C.

He also admitted possession of the images between February 4 and 8, 2017.

The 53-year-old, who has no previous convictions, was investigated after police got information an indecent image had been uploaded.

The IP address was attributed to Ferrie’s home address, then in Alclutha Avenue, Dumbarton, and Dumbarton Golf Club, where “he had a position as junior convener”.

A search warrant served last June 26 retrieved mobile phones including a Samsung Galaxy S8 which was found to have a number of images.

The pictures depicted children aged around seven to 13 years old and appeared to be screen shots. Their source could not be determined, heard the court.

Fiscal depute Kevin Doherty said: “There was no evidence to suggest he had been sharing or otherwise distributing.”

When he was arrested, Ferrie told police: “I’m not a criminal.”

Sheriff Simon Pender ordered a report from social workers, a psychological report and a restriction of liberty assessment.

Ferrie was put on the sex offenders register and the length of time he will be on it will be determined at his sentencing on April 18.

The Post understands Ferrie ceased to be involved with Dumbarton Golf Club as soon as they were made aware of his arrest. They referred themselves to Disclosure Scotland, highlighting his former position and role at the club.