A PAEDOPHILE pensioner who was caught with a hoard of vile videos showing babies being raped was unable to be sentenced because he was admitted to hospital.

Osborne Carline was nabbed with the illicit cache of images, which included babies just months-old being abused, stashed on hard drives hidden around his tenement flat in McKerrell Street, Paisley.

The 79-year-old admitted his guilt in August and was due to be sentenced at Paisley Sheriff Court last month.

Sentencing stalled then because social workers had not been provided with details of Carline’s offending – referred to by Sheriff Colin Pettigrew as “an administrative error” – and the case was adjourned until last week.

However, it had to be adjourned again because Carline was not in attendance.

Defence lawyer Gordon Williams explained: “I appear on behalf of Mr Carline. He is not personally present as he is in hospital.

“He is only in for tests and it is likely he’ll be fit to appear in court in the not too distant future.”

As he adjourned the case until later this month for sentencing to take place, Sheriff Pettigrew said: “One’s health is not necessarily in one’s control.

“I’m concerned, obviously, as to the nature of his health and his fitness to attend.”

Widowed Carline, a retired hairdresser, was caught after cops received a tip-off that a device at his home was connected to the internet and contained indecent images of children.

Police found him asleep when they raided his flat as the pensioner, who wears a hearing aid, had not heard them coming in.

Officers found almost 750 sordid photographs and films on back-up drives around his flat, with experts warning many fell into the worst category for depravity.

Sheriff Pettigrew previously warned Carline he could be locked up, saying: “The offence to which you have pled guilty is serious.

“Every such offence involves the abuse of children. The abuse I have heard about is particularly graphic and worrying.

“My first duty is to determine whether there can be only one sentence here, that’s one of imprisonment, despite your senior years.”