February 2018

Paedophile jailed for preying on children in care homes

A paedophile who was jailed for preying on children in care homes has been sent to prison again after two more victims came forward.

Gordon Knott was one of the first male house parents to be employed to look after the disadvantaged and vulnerable in Edinburgh children’s homes.

But in 1997 he was jailed for 16 years after he was convicted of a series of sexual offences spanning two decades.

Knott, who was released in 2008, will be sentenced next month.

A jury at the High Court in Edinburgh found the 64-year-old guilty of three charges of indecency against the two victims.

The crimes were committed at Clerwood, on Arthur’s Seat and at an address in the Liberton area between 1973 and 1981.

The abuse of one boy began when he was five.

He told the court that on one occasion Knott had taken him to Arthur’s Seat on the back of his motorbike.

After parking the bike Knott sat on the grass and pulled the boy close before abusing him.

The victim told the court: “If I had a gun I would have shot him. I would have done anything to get away from him.”

He added: “I was crying at the same time but it didn’t stop him.”

Afterwards Knott drove the boy back to the care home.

The man, now 49, said that Knott had also molested him at Clerwood by touching him inappropriately while showing him a wrestling hold.

He told the court Knott always appeared to be nice to everyone but said: “He just seemed like a really nice person at the time if you didn’t know him deep down.”

The second victim, also 49, was also abused from about the age of five and said he left care as a teenager.

He said: “Once I was old enough I just left, got away from Edinburgh, got away from Scotland.”

The man, who now lives in Ireland, said he had absconded from the Clerwood home.

He was asked by advocate depute Alan Cameron why he had run away and replied: “At the time I didn’t know. I know now I was trying to get away from the abuse.”

He told the court Knott also targeted him during regular weekend wrestling sessions.

Knott’s latest trial was initially halted and then resumed with a new jury after one victim said at the end of his evidence: “I hope you get convicted again.”

The paedophile, of Carstairs, South Lanarkshire, had denied the latest offences.

He was denied bail.

In 1997 Knott was jailed for 10 sexual offences against eight boys and a girl in Clerwood and Glenallan children’s home in the 1970s and 1980s

September 2002

Kid pervert jail snub

SCOTLAND’S worst child abuser failed in a bid to have his 16-year jail sentence cut yesterday. 

Gordon Knott, 48, preyed on the vulnerable boys and girls he was trusted to look after at kids’ homes in Edinburgh in the 1970s and 1980s. 

His sentence is the longest ever imposed in Scotland on a paedophile

Lord Cullen told the Court of Appeal in Edinburgh: “While the sentence imposed was severe it was not, in the circumstances, an excessive one.” 

Knott was jailed in 1997 after a trial described as one of the most sickening ever held in Scotland.Gordon Knott was jailed for sexually abusing boys in a Children’s Care Home. The youngest boy was 3 years old.

January 1998

Jail switch for sex case carers

Two pervert care workers who preyed on kids in children’s homes are set to be moved to a high-security jail. 

Gordon Knott, 43, and Brian Maclennan, 51, are currently in Edinburgh’s Saughton prison after they were jailed for a total of 27 years for a catalogue of sex offences. 

But the pair are set to be transferred to top-security Peterhead where 230 of Scotland’s most dangerous criminals are caged. 

A prison spokesman said last night they would probably be moved to Peterhead soon. He said: “Anyone serving more than four years for sex offences would be transferred to a long- term prison. 

“Peterhead is one of the long-term prisons in Scotland for sex offenders.” 

Knott and Maclennan were jailed last month for sickening abuse in council- run children’s homes in the capital in the 70s and 80s. 

Several of the pair’s victims are now planning to lodge claims of compensation for their years of torment. 

The perverts’ four-week trial at the High Court in Edinburgh was described as one of the most sickening ever held in Scotland. 

Knott was found guilty of 10 serious sex offences against kids and having paedophile child abuse images. 

Maclennan was convicted of two charges of having sex with under-age girls and three charges of indecency

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