August 2018

Fine for Dundee sex offender

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A convicted sex offender has been fined by a sheriff for failing to comply with the terms of the sex offenders register.

Douglas Stewart, 59, of Ancrum Place, admitted that between November 4-6 last year, at police HQ on West Bell Street, he breached the order by failing to complete his annual notification to police with his latest information.

When he appeared at the sheriff court he was fined £200 by Sheriff Alastair Carmichael.

January 2014

Dundee man jailed for child sex offences

A man, who plied children with alcohol and cannabis before sexually abusing them, was today jailed for three years at Dundee Sheriff Court.

Douglas Stewart, 55, whose address was given as c/o Lawson, Coull and Duncan Solicitors in Dundee, previously admitted three charges of lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour, which took place in the 1990s.

The court heard Stewart had even used a video camera to watch one of his victims in the shower.

Fiscal depute Sue Ruta said he “plied the children with cider and cannabis” before carrying out the offences.

One of the children saw Stewart carrying out a sex act, before he carried out a lewd act on another child.

The matters came to light in 2011 and Stewart was interviewed by police.

During interview, he admitted using a video recorder to give him a “better view”.

Sheriff Kenneth McGowan said: “The offences in these charges are of a very serious nature and there are a number of aggregating factors, firstly that there was cannabis involved and, secondly, that these offences were carried out at people’s houses.

“The offences were sustained over some period of time. There has been some passage of time and you have lived an otherwise law abiding life since.

“However, the nature of the offences mean only a custodial sentence is appropriate.”

Stewart was also placed on the sex offenders register for three years.

November 2013

Man plied girls with alcohol and drugs before sexually abusing them

A man plied girls as young as 12 with cannabis and alcohol before sexually abusing them.

Douglas Stewart waited until the girls had fallen asleep before creeping into the room they were sleeping in and carrying out the offences.

In one incident he used a video camera to “see round corners” and watch one of his victims showering.

Stewart now faces prison after admitting a string of offences that took place more than 17 years ago.

Fiscal depute Susan Ruta said Stewart had “plied the girls with cider and cannabis” before carrying out the offences.

She said: “On one occasion one of the girls woke up and he had his hand on her right breast.” Ms Ruta said she saw Stewart was carrying out a sex act.

Ms Ruta said: “The accused was interviewed by police when these matters came to light in 2011. He said at one point he had looked at one of the girls through a video recorder to give him a better view – and that he hadn’t recorded the images.”

Stewart, 54, whose address was given as care of Lawson, Coull and Duncan solicitors in Dundee, pleaded guilty on indictment to three charges of lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour. The offences were committed between 1993 an 1996.

Sheriff Kenneth McGowan deferred sentence until January for social work background reports. Stewart was also placed on the sex offenders register and released on bail.