August 2023

Disgraced Dundee ‘street angel’ Gareth Norman jailed for raping girl 

A “remorseless” disgraced Dundee charity champion has been jailed for four-and-a-half years after being convicted of attacking girls when he was a child.

61-year-old Gareth Norman raped a seven-year-old girl between 1975 and 1977 in a caravan in Dumfries.

He was also found guilty of molesting another young girl, aged 12 when the abuse began, at an address in Dundee between 1975 and 1978.

Norman, of Spence Place in Dundee, acted as the head of the city’s now defunct Night Ministry.

He was well-known for his work as a “street angel” distributing food and vital supplies to the city’s homeless population.

He previously held volunteer positions with the Royal Navy Reserve and as a first aider with the British Red Cross.

After a trial last month, Norman was convicted and remanded ahead of Thursday’s sentencing.

Following the preparation of background reports, father-of-five Norman was jailed and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

He appeared at the High Court in Dundee via a video link from HMP Perth.