Sheriff Derek O’Carroll is lenient on child porn but harsh on comedy that alludes to Nazis.
CUMBERNAULD paedophile Scott Shearer has avoided a jail term after admitting possession of more than 5000 indecent images of young children.
Shearer, 46, of Craigmarloch pled guilty at Airdrie Sheriff Court last month to two vile offences.
Shearer, a first offender, pled guilty to offences committed between November 7, 2015 and November 15, 2016. He was charged after police followed up a tipoff that indecent images were being downloaded at his address.
Prosecutor Agnes Meek said offices found Shearer’s iPad and PC contained 5,339 still and moving images. Some showed girls as young as eight carrying out sex acts on men.
Sheriff Derek O’Carroll, sentencing Shearer, told him: “I can only just deal with this without imposing a custodial sentence, but the sentence will not be an easy one.”
Shearer was given a placed on supervision for a period of two years. He was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work, given a tagging ordering him to remain at home for the next eight months between 8pm and 6am, He was banned from internet access and placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register.
Scottish comedian Mark Meechan — better known as ‘Count Dankula’ — has spoken out after his conviction for causing “gross offence” by posting a video of his girlfriend’s pug performing tricks.
The YouTube comic, whose channel has close to 130,000 subscribers, filmed the pug named Buddha watching recordings of Adolf Hitler, lifting his paw on hearing the command ‘Sieg Heil’, and responding to a phrase the Scottish courts deemed “grossly offensive” — and therefore illegal under hate speech laws.
Meechan, who says at the beginning of the offending video that its goal is to annoy his girlfriend by turning her pug into “the least cute thing that I could think of, which is a Nazi”, has always maintained that he is not a racist, and that the Nazis are in fact that a butt of the joke.
It does seem unlikely that Hitler’s Reich would have appreciated Meechan’s video, as the Nazi government did in fact pursue a lengthy investigation into a Finnish man who trained his dog to react to the command ‘Hitler’ by raising his paw, feeling it made a mockery of their leader.
While awaiting sentencing, Court has ordered that I meet with a court social worker for an assessment as to whether or not a Restriction Of Liberty Order will be placed on me. This would involve a GPS tracking device being attached to me and me being placed under house arrest.
“We are considering the route of appeal, because there’s been a huge miscarriage of justice. I think it is a very, very dark day in regards to freedom of speech and freedom of expression,” Meechan told reporters after Sheriff Derek O’Carroll convicted him.
“The thing that was most worrying is that one of the primary things in any action that is to be considered is things like context and intent, and today context and intent was completely disregarded, and for the system to actually disregard such things like that mean that your actions no longer matter — they decide what your context and intent is,” he added.
“So, for any comedians in Britain, I’d be very, very worried about making jokes in future, because your context and intent behind them apparently don’t matter anymore.”
Baddiel responded to the judge’s verdict yesterday by observing that “an actual Nazi would not be teaching his pug to Hitler salute, because in 1940s Germany, that would have got you arrested and murdered for taking the piss.”
Gervais, too, took to social media to denounce the decision, saying: “A man has been convicted in a UK court of making a joke that was deemed ‘grossly offensive’. If you don’t believe in a person’s right to say things that you might find ‘grossly offensive’, then you don’t believe in Freedom of Speech.”
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People can be “charged” with an “offence” if their actions are within the law but their “reasons for doing it” are perceived as illegal hate.
He outlined his own political views in broad terms after the onset of the pug controversy, and considers himself a “centre-left libertarian”.
He concluded his after-trial statement with an appeal to the public: “Don’t let your memes be dreams. You’d better print that.”