Former Scottish company director escapes jail over child abuse footage with victims as young as two

A retired company director has escaped jail after being caught with sick footage of sexually abused children, including toddlers as young as two.

Lindsay Holman, who once held a senior position at tech company Panasonic, hoarded the vile loot for five years at her East Lothian home.

The 64-year-old appeared in Edinburgh Sheriff’s Court on Monday after the sentence was postponed for reports.

Sheriff Kenneth Maciver told Holman: ‘What you’re seeing is child sexual abuse. How someone can get satisfaction out of it is beyond most people’s comprehension.

The sheriff said the higher courts have determined that alternatives to police custody apply where possible in cases like Holman’s.

Sheriff Maciver added, “That’s not my personal view.”

He said Holman uploaded and viewed videos and photos featuring boys and girls between the ages of 2 and 14.

Holman retired as a company director.

Holman was placed under surveillance for three years and sentenced to perform 225 hours of unpaid work.

He was also on the sex offender registry for three years.

Earlier in the hearing, defense agent Peter O’Neill said his client “had an interest in adult pornography” but was “part of a group where all kinds of pornography was shared” and believed that he had removed the child pornography material.

Mr O’Neill said Holman’s wife and family were “shocked but supportive”.

The attorney added that Holman was “deeply ashamed” and “feels very stupid.”

Last month the court heard how cops raided Holman’s Haddington home with a search warrant on May 25 last year and confiscated several electronic devices.

Tax MP Anna Chisholm said a system drive had been used to access nearly 500 indecent images of children, including 84 category A photos – the worst level.

Holman was convicted at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.
Holman was convicted at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

Examination of a laptop revealed nearly 500 images, 46 of which were category A. The laptop also contained 17 category A videos.

An external hard drive contained Grade A video while a second hard drive contained more indecent footage.

Holman admitted to possessing indecent images of young people between August 20, 2016 and May 25, 2021.

According to company records, Holman was managing director of research firm Televisua Ltd for much of that time.

Companies House records showed Holman filed for the company to be broken up in June 2020.

Areas of expertise listed by Holman include digital video and television, mobile devices, consumer electronics and interactive television.