April 2023

Scots paedophile who abused children for ‘years’ at Salvation Army home jailed for second time

A ‘prolific’ Scots paedophile who preyed on children he was supposed to protect for ‘years’ has been jailed for a second time after another of his victims bravely spoke out about his abuse.

Sick Stewart Burgess, now 72, targeted boys in the 1980s while working as a senior house parent at Redheugh Adolescent Unit in Kilbirnie, Ayrshire, which was run by the Salvation Army for vulnerable youngsters.

Burgess had previously been sentenced in 2008 to 10 years – reduced on appeal to seven-and-a-half years – for abusing two youngsters at the Salvation Army-run home in the 1980s.

New proceedings were raised after another former pupil came forward to report offending by Burgess at the unit.

During the trial at the High Court in Paisley last month, a jury heard the victim – now in his 50s – remains traumatised by abuse, which took place between 1984 and 1985.

Burgess, from Cumnock, was convicted of abusing this victim in similar ways he had to others. He was sentenced to three and half years in jail at the High Court in Glasgow on Friday April 21.

His name was added to the sex offenders register indefinitely.

July 2008

Man jailed over care home abuse

A former youth worker has been jailed for 10 years for abusing two teenage boys at a care home in North Ayrshire.

Stewart Burgess was earlier convicted of abusing the boys, aged 14 and 15, at the former Redheugh Adolescent Unit in Kilbirnie in the 1980s.

The High Court in Glasgow heard how the 58-year-old was arrested in 2006 after earlier failed investigations into his role at the Salvation Army-run home.

Burgess, from Cumnock, was put on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.

Judge Lord Malcolm told him: “You have been convicted of sexual abuse on already disturbed adolescents entrusted in your care.

“Through threats and intimidation, you forcibly exploited these vulnerably young people.

“This is a grievous breach of trust which will have caused even more damage to these victims.

“You have no remorse and you seek to blame these victims for your current position.”