May 2007

Jail sentence for child molester

A 63-year-old man has been jailed for 10 years for a catalogue of abuse against young boys and girls dating back to the 1960s.

Gavin Forrester, formerly of Nursery Caravan Park, Brechin, Angus, had originally denied the offences involving two boys and two girls.

But after he was convicted, he admitted to a social worker that he had carried out the abuse.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard one victim was five when the abuse started.

Jailing him, Lord Mackay said: “It is quite clear to me listening to the evidence that your conduct over those years has had a lasting effect on the lives of your victims.

“They will never forget what you did to them.”

Forrester was convicted of a total of 12 charges involving children, which were committed between 1965 and 1980.

The court heard that children were molested at houses and parks in Kirkcaldy and in Auchtermuchty, Fife.

One boy was assaulted and induced to take part in sex acts at public toilets near Waverley railway station in Edinburgh.

‘Substantial sentence’

Defence counsel Chris Shead asked the judge to take into account Forrester’s age and failing health when passing sentence.

But Lord Mackay told Forrester that it was clear that a “substantial prison sentence” was called for.

He added: “The acceptance of the abuse, coming as late in the day as it did, meant all four of the victims had to give evidence in court reliving what was done to them many years ago.”

Forrester was earlier placed on the sex offenders’ register and the judge said he would refer his case to the Scottish Ministers under child protection legislation.