April 2022

‘Deluded and conniving’ Northampton paedophile sentenced to 16 years in prison

A woman told a Northampton paedophile who abused her when she was aged just 11 that he was a “wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, read her victim impact statement earlier this year before Colin McKissock was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Tuesday (April 19) at St Albans Crown Court.

McKissock, aged 70 of Lasham Court, Bellinge, was sentenced for 13 charges: eight charges of indecent assault on a male, three charges of indecency with a child and two of indecent assault on a female.

The retired bank worker and finance manager was convicted after a trial in February.

Giving evidence, the woman said McKissock, at first, had “blindsided her” with sweets then cigarettes, vodka and more.

“I was basically a child sex worker for him,” she said.

In the witness box, she said she had spent years running from the abuse she suffered and had been a “tortured, frantic, soul.” She went on: “I spent years walking past police stations trying to make myself go in.”

The woman described McKissock as a “deluded, conniving, sly trickster who will do anything or say anything to gain access to children.”

McKissock, who continues to deny the offences, said he never discussed sex with any of the children and did not have pornography on the television when they were present. He said he was not sexually interested in children.

His barrister, Angharad Hughes, said McKissock, suffered from bladder cancer. She said the offences were 30 years ago and that he was a functioning alcoholic at the time.

In sentencing, Judge Richard Foster said: “You have been a sexual predator. You used your charm to groom children to gratify your own perverted sexual desire.”

He said he was sentencing him for “despicable offences” saying he had shown “no remorse and remained in denial.”

McKissock was sentenced to 16 years in prison with an extended two year licence period, meaning he can be recalled to prison at any time until he is 88.

He must also register as a sex offender and abide by the terms of a sexual harm prevention order for life.

McKissock was also jailed for three years in 2017 for offences committed against the woman – then child – in the 1980s.

She had given evidence against him for a second time earlier this year at St Albans Crown Court where he was on trial for sexually abusing a boy and a girl.

In the 2017 case, a court heard he exposed himself, showed her pornographic films and magazines, performed a sex act in her presence, used a sex aid, persuaded her to expose herself and perform a sex act.

He was also found guilty of indecent practises and behaviour towards another woman.

March 2017

Devious pedophile from Prestwick jailed for three years

A MAN who was convicted of sex abuse against an actress when she was just 11 years old has been put behind bars for three years.

Colin McKissock, 65, was tried by a jury, last month, for the sexual offences which took place in the 1980s while the woman was in Ayr.

McKissock, who then lived in Prestwick, was found guilty of exposing himself and showing her pornographic films and magazines.

He even got her to read from them at a bungalow on Roman Road, Ayr.

He also performed a sex act in her presence, used a sexual aid, asked her to expose herself, which she did, and made her perform a sex act while making sexual comments towards her.

The incidents took place on various occasions between April 24, 1982 and April 23, 1983 when the girl was between 11 and 13-years-old.

A similar incident took place in a car in the Carrick Hills. Between 1983 and 1984 at Roman Road, Neilshill House, Neilshill Park, within a car in the Carrick Hills McKissock behaved in the same way.

McKissock, was also found guilty of indecent practices and behaviour towards the girl’s friend, who was aged between 10 and 11 at the time, by exposing himself, getting her to carry out a sex act on him and making sexual comments towards her.

The 65-year-old appeared before Sheriff Desmond Leslie at Ayr Sheriff Court for sentencing on Wednesday, March 15. 

Speaking on his behalf, defence solicitor, Victoria Dow, said: “Mr McKissock was convicted by the majority of jurors following his trial, but he continued to deny his offences which is perhaps unsurprising.

“My submission to the court is that he is of low risk of re-offending and moderate risk of harm [to the public]. It has been 30 years since his offences and there have been no further allegations. 

“I would move the court to impose a community based disposal. He is 65-years-old and can be monitored within the community.

“For that reason I say a custodial sentence is not the only appropriate option.”

Addressing the dock, Sheriff Leslie, said: “It is clear you used your charm, wealth and privileged position in the house to exploit and abuse the child who is now the principle complainer in this case.

“This happened three decades ago and in my view that does not diminish the gravity of the offences. You stole the last years of this woman’s childhood.

“You have shown no remorse and that is greatly concerning. I am unable to move away from a custodial sentence.

“I have looked at whether or not I can deal with this in any other way but I am concerned about the devious nature of these crimes which have been committed.”

McKissock was jailed for three years and will be placed on the sex offender’s register indefinitely.