South Scotland

Innerleithen man given payback order for indecent child images

A man found with more than 2,000 indecent images of children on his computer has been given a three-year community payback order.

Clive Bowd, 55, of Innerleithen, was described as "vulnerable" and "socially isolated".

He admitted committing the offence at his home in the town over an 18-month period until June 2015.

In addition to the payback order with supervision he was placed on the sex offenders register for three years.

Jedburgh Sheriff Court heard police who raided Bowd's home found 2,721 still images and 145 videos with 281 of the images being in the most serious category.

Passing sentence Sheriff Derrick McIntyre said he would follow the recommendation in the social work report of a community based disposal with supervision.

'Health problems'

He added: "You are described by your own lawyer as very vulnerable and socially isolated rarely leaving your accommodation and having serious health problems."

In addition to the payback order he imposed conditions which stated Bowd was not allowed access to the internet without the approval of his supervising officer.

Any internet device he owned has to be made available for inspection by social workers and police.

He was also not allowed contact with a child under 17 without the approval of his supervising officer.

Sheriff McIntyre told him: "This a direct alternative to custody which is where you will be going in the event of a breach of these conditions."

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