Glasgow & West Scotland

Doctor Brian Morris sentenced over indecent child images

A Glasgow doctor who was caught with indecent images of children on his laptop has been spared a jail term.

Brian Morris, 29, admitted downloading and possessing almost 500 indecent images, including 23 videos, between November 2013 and March 2014.

The collection was discovered when police raided his flat in Glasgow.

At the city's sheriff court, Morris was told he would be supervised for two years and placed on the sex offenders' register during that time.

The court heard that at the time of his arrest, Morris was employed as a doctor at Glasgow Royal Infirmary doing a research fellowship in relation to pancreatic cancer.

Hospital posts

He had also worked at the Golden Jubilee Hospital, Clydebank, and Gartnavel Hospital in the city as a surgical trainee.

Police were granted a warrant to search Morris's flat in Hyndland and officers took a laptop, which was examined by an expert.

From the laptop 481 indecent still images, ranging from level one to level four, were recovered. There were no images at level five - the highest and most extreme level.

Of the 23 moving images found on the laptop, most ranged from level one to level four, with one at level five.

The court heard Morris - who is currently suspended - made no comment during his police interview and gave no response when cautioned and charged by officers.

Defence counsel Louise Arrol said her client had since been diagnosed with a depressive disorder and Asperger Syndrome.

She added: "It is unlikely he will ever practise as a doctor again."

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