Published: 04/07/2017 14:02 - Updated: 04/07/2017 14:08

Dornoch man jailed for two years for downloading thousands of pornographic images of young girls and boys


Case heard at Inverness Sheriff Court today
Case heard at Inverness Sheriff Court today
A DORNOCH photographer has been jailed for two years today for having thousands of pornographic child images on his computers and photographs of a family on a beach with a young boy wrapped in a towel exposing his private parts.


Stephen Marrable was unemployed but depute fiscal Roderick Urquhart told Inverness Sheriff Court that police found on the internet he appeared to run a business called Tittle Tattle Photography, providing services for a variety of clients, describing himself primarily as a landscape photographer.

Marrable’s secret came to light in court last month when he pleaded guilty to downloading images of young boys and girls, possession of indecent images of children and one charge of possession of an image of extreme pornography.

The offences were committed between August 2012 and May 2016 at his home in Stafford Road.

Sentence was deferred for reports until today.

In May Mr Urquhart told Sheriff David Sutherland that in May 2016 police received information that a device at Marrable’s home had accessed indecent images and a search warrant was executed.

Marrable told police not to take his mother’s computer as there was nothing on them but there would be “stuff” on his.

One computer tower contained 37 images ranging from category A to category C of children aged between four and 15 years.

A second tower computer, when forensically examined, showed 749 indecent thumbnail images of young boys and girls in the same age range and a Sony Laptop computer nearly 1700 images which were accessible and more than 1000 which were not accessible.

Six videos were also recovered from this computer.

A CD case with 27 discs contained 4225 indecent images and another box of discs contained adults involved in sexual activities with animals.

A further 38 DVDs were recovered and two contained files with indecent images of children.

One of them entitled “Beach Candid”, said the fiscal, was created on August 16, 2012 and analysis established that the images had been captured using a Canon Eos 40D camera and contained the text “sgmarrable” in the filename.

“They contained a number of photographs of a family - a man, a woman, two young girls and a young boy on a beach.

“These were apparently taken from a distance without the knowledge of the subjects. Whilst it is generally the case that a person in a public place can have no reasonable expectation of privacy and consequently can be lawfully photographed, three of these images show the young boy wrapping a towel around his torso exposing his penis,” said the fiscal.

A further hard drive was found with seven indecent images of children.

Today, Marrable’s solicitor Duncan Henderson said Marrable would be on licence when he comes out of prison and he was a 51-year-old first offender receiving help for depression and psychiatric difficulties.

Sheriff Sutherland said in any view these were serious matters.

Jailing him for two years he said he would also be placed on the sex offenders register.

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