No jail for Fife paedo who secretly filmed young kids at Tesco

 

A sick perv, who secretly filmed young children at a Fife supermarket for more than a year, has avoided a jail sentence.

Neil Ross focussed the camera on his phone on the “bottoms and legs” of females including young kids at a Tesco store in Dunfermline.

For over a year, shoppers were secretly videoed as they walked about the store unaware of what Ross was doing.

When his phone was seized during a police raid on his home, indecent images and videos of children as young as Fife were also found on it.

However, Ross walked free from court today.

Ross (46), formerly of Humbie Terrace, Aberdour, now of Ogilvie Place, Tayport, appeared in the dock at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He admitted that on various occasions between 19th May 2017 and 4th July 2018 at Tesco, Calais Farm Road, Duloch, Dunfermline, he used his mobile phone to video record females and female children, focussing on their lower bodies without their knowledge or consent and committed a breach of the peace.

He also admitted that between 10th April and 1st August 2018 at his home in Aberdour he downloaded indecent images of children.

Depute fiscal Kavin Ryan-Hume previously told the court that acting on intelligence received, police executed a search warrant at Ross’ home.

There were other family members there when the raid took place and Ross told officers, “I’ll save you a lot of time. It’s me you’re looking for.”

Interrogation of Ross’ mobile phone found indecent images of girls aged from 5 to 8 years old.

Also found were videos which had been secretly filmed of girls and women in Tesco.

“These focussed on their bottoms and legs and were taken without their knowledge,” added the depute.

The court was told Ross had “lost his family, doesn’t see his six children and had lost his job” because of his offending.

Sheriff Charles MacNair imposed a community payback order with three years’ supervision and 200 hours of unpaid work. Ross has been put on the sex offenders register.

 

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