Aberdeen doctor 'accessed indecent site'
Published: 10th Jun 2010 14:42:49
An Aberdeen doctor accused of downloading child pornography has told his trial that he accessed an indecent site because the link contained the name of a former partner.
Douglas Harris, 29, denies taking, permitting to be taken or making indecent images, as well as being in possession of pictures.
He has lodged special defences of incrimination and alibi.
Mr Harris was asked in court why he clicked on a particular link.
He replied: "Because I had gone out with a girl by the name of Evie, or Evelyn, briefly.
"I saw this name, wondered what it was and clicked on it. She was a nurse I knew in Inverness. I had a brief relationship with her."
Depute fiscal Neil Shand asked: "What was her surname?"
The doctor replied: "I can't remember. She was a student nurse and nurses don't have their second name on their badges."
Mr Shand suggested that the doctor had "made up" the nurse because he did not know her full name, but he replied: "It was just a fling, a one-night stand basically."
Asked how he felt when he viewed the Evie site, he replied: "Shock, because you see your name and pictures of things and comments with your name that you don't know anything about."
The trial continues.
At 07:57:33 in SportOlympic medallist Wendy Houvenaghel has announced her retirement from cycling after pulling out of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow because of injury.
At 07:56:40 in WalesA new police investigation has been launched into unlawful pension salary supplements paid to the chief executive of Pembrokeshire council.
At 07:55:35 in BusinessChina has detained five people as part of its probe into a firm that allegedly supplied out of date meat to fast food chains, including McDonald's and KFC.
At 07:52:15 in SportPlymouth Raiders have signed 6ft 6ins American David Evans for the 2014-15 British Basketball League season.
At 07:50:43 in SportWelsh 110m hurdler David Omoregie ran the third fastest time in World Junior Championships history as he qualified for Wednesday's semi-final.
At 07:41:52 in EnglandA pair of Amur leopards, which are said to be the rarest big cats in the world, have been born in Leicestershire.
At 07:22:53 in WalesUp to 68 jobs are being created in Torfaen by a company which helps other firms procure goods and services.
At 07:17:22 in SportEx-Commonwealth Games champion boxer Jamie Arthur says Wales should have had a reserve in place for Fred Evans if his participation was in doubt.
At 07:11:43 in WalesThey are traditionally places people go to borrow books, but public libraries also play a crucial role in community life, a Welsh assembly inquiry heard.
At 06:49:24 in Northern IrelandThe Old Mill building in Crumlin, County Antrim, has been damaged in a fire.
Harvard CitationBBC News, 2010. Aberdeen doctor 'accessed indecent site' [Online] (Updated 10th Jun 2010)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/66389/Aberdeen-doctor-accessed-indecent-site [Accessed 23rd Jul 2014]
News In Other Categories
With the doors to its brand new £1million training centre officially open, one of the UK's leading apprentice training providers, Bristol based S&B Automotive Academy, is showcasing its world-class facilities by launching a series of foreign student exchanges for the first time in its 41-year history. To get a flavour of what life is like as an apprentice in the UK, the Academy hosted 16 apprentice engineers and bus drivers from the G9 Automotive College in Hamburg, Germany, as part of a Europe-wide vocational training initiative called the ‘Leonardo Programme’ with support from the European Social Fund. In a reciprocal arrangement, S&B will be sending nine apprentices to Germany during February 2012 so that they can get an appreciation of life in the automotive industry on the Continent. A further three German exchange groups are being planned for next year. Designed to assist the development of vocational skills and training across Europe, including work placements for trainees, the Leonardo Programme has a budget of €1.75bn, which is helping to encourage UK organisations to work with their counterparts abroad. In what is expected to be another challenging year for employers in the UK automotive sector, S&B’s Chief Executive, Jon Winter, claims that the exchange initiative will bring many benefits to the Academy and its apprentices: “In a world of global automotive brands, it’s important for our learners to understand the international context of the industry they have chosen to make their career. This new exchange programme will enable apprentices and Academy staff alike to achieve a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the automotive arena in Europe. With the Academy’s influence also extending to the USA and Asia, there’s every possibility that this initiative could move further afield in the future.” Continued Winter: “The need for skilled technicians across the world is on the increase and we actively encourage our apprentices to look at broader horizons during their training. Many of them have already learned the phrase ‘Vorsprung durch Gelehrtheit’, quite simply, ‘Advancement through learning.” In the 2010/11 academic year, S&B doubled the number of successful Apprenticeships over the previous year with some 350 apprentices graduating from the Academy. At the same time, achievement levels reached an all-time high with an overall success rate of 85%. For those learners on the Advanced Apprenticeship three-year programme, success rates were even higher, at over 98%. PHOTO CAPTION: As part of their exchange visit, S&B Automotive Academy arranged for the German apprentices to visit Hampshire bus operator, Bluestar, at its Barton Park depot. The students are pictured with S&B’s Andy West (3rd right) and Steve Prewett, Bluestar’s Area Engineering Manager (2nd right). Ends http://www.sandbaa.com
The 12-strong longlist for the Man Booker Prize is set to be unveiled later, with world titles eligible for the first time in its history.
The new leader of the House of Lords, Baroness Stowell, has rejected an offer from the Conservative Party to pay part of her salary, saying it would amount to a conflict of interest.
Olympic medallist Wendy Houvenaghel has announced her retirement from cycling after pulling out of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow because of injury.
A pair of Amur leopards, which are said to be the rarest big cats in the world, have been born in Leicestershire.
Ever wondered how much your local hospital pays for incontinence pads, medical wipes or surgical gloves?