An Irvine man is facing jail after he was caught with a horrific haul of child sex abuse files in his home.

David Wylie was found to have a clutch of sadistic illicit images at his home in Kilpatrick Place.

Among the clutch of files were some categorised by experts as being the worst there is.

And Wylie, 62, has now been placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register after he was caught with the sordid stash at his home.

Wylie was arrested after officers searched the property in April last year and took his computing equipment away for testing.

It was interrogated by officers from Police Scotland’s Cyber Crime Unit who discovered Wylie had child abuse images stored and accessible on his computer.

The details emerged last week when Wylie appeared in the dock at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court over the crimes. Procurator Fiscal Depute Jo Cunningham explained: “The accused lives at the locus.

“Items seized were subject to a full forensic examination.

“During the course of the examination, a total of 33 images were recovered at Category A [the most severe there is].

“One of these images showed a naked female, less than 10-yearsold, being sexually abused by a naked adult male.

“Thirty of the images were category B, and one of those images showed a blindfolded naked female, of less than 10 years.

“Eighty-six of the images were accessible at the time.”

Wylie was taken to Saltcoats Police Station after being arrested and gave a “no comment” interview to police officers investigating him.

He was held in police custody overnight and appeared in the dock for his first court appearance the following day, making no plea to the charges against him.

But he admitted his guilt when he appeared in court last week, pleading guilty to charges of downloading indecent images of children, between January 1, 2015, and April 25 last year, and possessing them between the same dates.

Defence Solicitor Advocate Simon Brown said to Sheriff Elizabeth McFarlane: “Clearly you will require background reports [on the accused prior to sentencing].

“He knows he’s going to be put on the [Sex Offenders’] Register.”

Sheriff McFarlane then told Wylie: “I have to get a [background] report [from social workers] and a risk assessment before I deal with you.”

She then called for the reports to be prepared, placed him on the Sex Offenders’ Register and deferred sentence until next month when he will return to the court.