Moray 75-year-old is jailed for sexual assault

75-year-old from Lossiemouth was jailed at Paisley Sheriff Court
75-year-old from Lossiemouth was jailed at Paisley Sheriff Court

A MORAY PENSIONER finally faced justice when he was jailed for 34 months after pleading guilty to sexual assaults against girls aged from six to 13-years-old.

James Duncan, 75, appeared at Paisley Sheriff Court earlier this year where he admitted six charges of abusing young girls in Lossiemouth’s Community Way and other addresses throughout Scotland between 1995 and 2006.

Duncan admitted the charges when he appeared in the same court last month for a pre-trial hearing. The court was told that as well as in Lossiemouth he abused girls at properties in Johnstone and Kilbarchan in Renfrewshire.

Fiscal Depute Scot Dignan said that his first attack happened in Lossiemouth around 1995 or 1996, when his victim was aged just seven years old. Mr Dignan told the court: “He did not say anything to her, did not look at her and was looking around the room as if to make sure people did not see.

“She did not know what he was doing and did not say anything at the time – it was a couple of years before she was back and exactly the same thing happened.”

It was when one of his victims was expecting a child herself and she threatened to go to the police in 2014 that Duncan went to Lossiemouth Police Station and confessed.

He had returned to the dock this week for sentencing after a social work assessment report had been prepared, and was jailed for 34 months for what the Sheriff described as “disgusting and despicable” crimes.