October 2007

Restrictions after release for sex offender

A MAN starting a long prison sentence for historic sex abuse of a young girl will be subject to restrictions on his release.

James Wilson, 61, was jailed for seven years earlier this month after his recent conviction for the offences dating from the 1970s.

Wilson, who has been running clay pigeon shoots on Islay off the west coast of Scotland in recent years, denied five charges of indecent assault, two of committing gross indecency with a child, and one of attempted rape.

The offences involved a girl aged eight upwards and were committed between 1972 and 1977, when Wilson was living in County Durham. He was found guilty on all eight counts following a trial at Durham Crown Court in August.

Judge John Walford imposed the seven-year jail term and said Wilson must sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for life, when the case came back before him for sentence at Teesside Crown Court earlier this month.

Following a police application, Judge Walford this week agreed terms for a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

It will forbid Wilson living, having contact, working or being involved in any activity with anyone aged under 18, without the presence of another adult or prior approval of a social services’ supervising public protection officer.

The order, agreed with Michael Bosomworth for the prosecution and Wilson’s barrister Michael Hodson, is without time limit.

The authorities on Islay are aware of Wilson’s conviction.