September 2017

Serial sex offender Robert Clyde dies at hospice

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A SERIAL sex offender who was moved from prison to a hospice to receive end of life treatment has died.

Convicted child rapist Robert Clyde passed away around 6pm last night in his private room at the Marie Curie Hospice in Frogston after being taken there from Saughton prison on 23rd August.
He was receiving end of life palliative care for a ‘brain illness and had been watched round-the clock by six prison custody guards.
A whistleblower said that police have been at the hospice looking into the ‘circumstances of his death’.
He was believed to have received a “threat to life” notice from officers known as an Osman warning.
The source said: “The staff were relieved he had died and were saying they were glad the ‘circus was finally over’.
“They were unhappy at having to treat him and they’re hoping if this happens in future they are informed first and there’s a better level of communication.
“They don’t want to be kept in the dark again and have someone like that turn up out-of-the-blue with prison guards.”
It is estimated the cost to the taxpayer of guarding the 73-year-old, who was believed to be receiving treatment for a terminal brain illness, had been in the region of £2,300 per week.
A woman who was sexually abused by Clyde between the ages of six to 16 had previously said the man she describes as a “monster” should “die in jail”.
She told last week how she battles mental health problems as a result of the sexual, physical and psychological abuse she suffered.
Clyde who was originally from Ireland but was living in Niddrie when he was caught by police in 2013 after repeatedly raping a female over two days at his home.
Detectives delved into his past and uncovered evidence that he began molesting four young girls over a 40-year period starting in 1970.
They also discovered he assaulted two boys – one who was aged just four when the attacks began – for a period of 16 years.

In 2013, Clyde wept in the dock after he was convicted of 13 charges and was jailed for nine years.

Nurses’ anger as serial sex offender pensioner freed into care

A serial sex offender who raped a woman and sexually assaulted four young girls has been released from prison to be cared for at a hospice.

Robert Clyde, 73, is being guarded around-the-clock as he receives the same level of care for a “brain illness” as members of the public would at the Marie Curie Hospice in Frogston, Edinburgh.

Some staff were refusing to enter the predator’s room and nurses are up in arms that they have been put in a position where they have to treat him to maintain the integrity of their profession.

Housekeeping staff were told his name, “not to Google him” and to treat him with “respect” when he arrived with G4S security guards on 23 August from Saughton prison.

However, the nurses were not told anything.

Clyde, originally from Ireland, was living in Niddrie in Edinburgh when he was caught by police in 2013 after repeatedly raping a woman over two days at his home.

Police uncovered evidence that he began molesting the youngsters in 1970.

They also discovered that he assaulted two boys – one aged just four – for a period of 16 years.

He was convicted of 13 charges and jailed for nine years IN 2013

February 2013

Robert Clyde jailed for raping woman and abusing girls

A man who repeatedly raped a woman and sexually assaulted four young girls over a 40-year period has been jailed for nine years.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard Robert Clyde, 69, was caught by police after raping a woman at his home in the city in January 2011.

Detectives then began investigating his past and found he started abusing children in November 1970.

Temporary judge John Beckett QC said he was a “serious threat to the public”.

Clyde pleaded not guilty to the charges, with his legal team claiming that the evidence of his victims was unreliable and could not be trusted.

But after a week-long trial last month, a jury returned guilty verdicts to a string of rape, sexual assault and assault charges.

The court heard Clyde also physically assaulted two young boys over a 16-year period which began in January 1970.

One of his male victims was just four years old when Clyde started hitting him with a dog lead.

During the trial, the court also heard how Clyde repeatedly raped his victim – who was in her 30s – in his Hay Gardens home on 21 and 22 January 2011.

When the woman contacted police an investigation was launched into her attacker.

Officers then discovered that Clyde had targeted a number of other women and managed to collect enough evidence to bring him to court.

All his victims were young children when the abuse took place.

The abuse against his first victim – who is now in her 50s – started in November 1970 when she was aged 10.

Defence solicitor advocate Jim Stephenson told the court that his client refused to accept that he had abused the youngsters.

He said: “Mr Clyde still maintains his innocence.

“Given his age, he will have difficulty coping with a custodial sentence.”

However, Judge Beckett told Clyde that he had to be punished for his crimes.

He added: “You have been convicted of a number of gravely serious offences. You present a serious threat to the public.

“I must impose a sentence on you that will punish you, protect the public and protect others from you.”

January 2013

Convicted pervert faces jail over 40 years of abuse 

A PERVERT who repeatedly raped a woman and sexually assaulted four young girls over a 40-year period is facing a lengthy prison sentence.

Robert Clyde, 69, wept after being convicted on a total of 13 charges at the High Court in Edinburgh today.

The serial sex fiend was snared by police after he repeatedly raped a woman – who cannot be named for legal reasons – over a two-day period at his Edinburgh home in January 2011.

Detectives charged with investigating Clyde delved into the Irishman’s past – and uncovered evidence that he started abusing children in November 1970.

Officers also discovered that he also physically assaulted two young boys – who also cannot be identified for legal reasons – over a 16-year period which began in January 1970.

One of his male victims was just four years old when Clyde started hitting him with a dog lead.

Clyde, of Hay Gardens, Niddrie, pleaded not guilty to the charges, but after a week long trial, a jury returned guilty verdicts to a string of rape, sexual assault and assault charges.

After hearing how Clyde suffered from poor health and needed medication, temporary judge John Beckett QC remanded the first offender into custody.

Deferring sentence on Clyde for reports about his character, judge Beckett said: “The offences you have been convicted of are extremely grave.

“The offences will result in you being given a prison sentence. I need to defer sentence in order to obtain reports but I will remand you in custody.

“I am satisfied that you will be able to obtain the medicine you need in prison.”

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