August 2022

Aberdeen man found with nearly 17 days worth of child abuse videos

A north-east man has been placed on the sex offender’s register after being caught with nearly 17 days’ worth of child sexual abuse videos.

Jordan Gall, 27, Provost Graham Avenue, Aberdeen was found in possession of nearly 7,000 indecent images of children and more than two weeks of video footage – most of which were in the worst category showing the rape or torture of children by adults

Aberdeen Sheriff Court was told that some of the video footage found on Gall’s mobile phone featured babies.

The total run time of the videos discovered was 16 days, 13 hours and 50 minutes.

The number of images and videos recovered by cybercrime police was more than 13,500.

Fiscal depute Ruaraidh McAlister told the court that on November 30 last year police sought a warrant to search Gall’s home after they had received intelligence that his devices may contain images of children.

Police executed the warrant on December 21 2021 and were allowed into the property by Gall who was home alone, Mr McAlister said.

He added: “Various electronic devices were found within the locus.

“The accused identified them as belonging to him and he provided passcodes for them.

“The devices underwent a preview examination by cybercrime officers and through this the officers identified that a mobile telephone belonging to the accused appeared to contain indecent images of children.”

Gall, of Provost Graham Avenue, Aberdeen, was arrested and taken into police custody.

A police cybercrime team later fully examined Gall’s mobile phone and found 2,631 Category A images, 1,375, Category B images and 2,946 images that were Category C.

Of the 6,592 videos found, 4,396 of those were in the most serious Category A, while 1,015 were considered Category B and 1,181 were Category C.

The videos and images found featured boys and girls of all ages, from babies up to 14 years old.

Gall pleaded guilty to one charge of taking or permitting to be taken or making indecent images of children.

He admitted a further charge of possessing indecent images of children.

Sheriff Morag McLaughlin deferred sentence on Gall in order for a criminal justice social work report and a restriction of liberty order assessment to be carried out.

She also placed Gall on the sex offender’s register.

Gall previously appeared in the dock at Aberdeen Sheriff Court in 2019 and admitted stalking a couple.

At one point he left a mannequin head with a knife stabbed into it outside their Rosemount home in a terrifying campaign of intimidation.

His victims – a man and woman who lived in the same block of flats – were left scared to leave their home as a result of the sinister series of incidents.

Gall admitted to police he was sexually attracted to the man and jealous of the couple’s relationship.

The court was told he sent the couple anonymous abusive letters, turned off the electricity to their property, threw crockery from his upstairs window and wrote “RIP” outside their home.