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Hundreds of child abuse videos and images found on former Sutherland man's devices

By Court Reporter

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National Child Abuse Investigation officers raided a a former Sutherland man's home and found hundreds of child abuse videos and still images on his devices.

The search of 40-year-old married Martin Kula's property in Tongue took place on July 27 last year.

The devices seized included two phones, a laptop and a USB memory stick.

Fiscal depute Robert Weir told Inverness Sheriff Court on Tuesday that an initial examination of them revealed several hundred images involving children as young as one year old.

Kula, now of Loch Street, Wick, appeared before Sheriff Eilidh Macdonald and admitted possessing the graphic material and failing to provide the PIN for one of his phones.

Mr Weir said that after forensic analysis, 39 accessible and six inaccessible videos in category A, which is the most obscene, were discovered along with 182 stills, and 14 inaccessible.

In Category B, 32 videos and nine inaccessible, plus 34 stills, two of which were inaccessible, were found.

The prosecutor added that 136 videos in Category C and 73 inaccessible ones, plus 30 stills and five inaccessible images were also retrieved.

Sheriff Macdonald deferred sentence until November 21 for a background report and an assessment of Kula's suitability for a sex offender's programme called "Moving Forward Making Changes".

Defence solicitor advocate Clare Russell said she would reserve her comments until then.

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