June 2016

Child abuser lied to police about home address

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A child sex abuser whose horrific abuse caused one of his victims to try to kill herself lied to police about his whereabouts just a day after being found guilty of the charges and walking free from court.

Gibson Dunbar – nicknamed Creepy Gibby by witnesses during his trial – was found guilty of abusing two girls in the mid-90s at addresses in Dundee.

Despite facing up to five years in jail he was allowed to walk free on bail at the end of his trial.

He was placed on the sex offenders register and ordered to give his details to police, including his address so he could be monitored in the community.

But Dundee Sheriff Court heard that just 24 hours later he walked into they city’s West Bell Street police HQ and lied about where he was living.

Dunbar – who eventually avoided jail over the crimes – “purported to comply” with the sex offender laws, and told police he was living at a house in Dundee’s Findcastle Place.

The court heard he “knew this to be false” and that he was in fact living in Fintry Road, Dundee.

Dunbar, 49, of Fintry Road, Dundee, pleaded guilty on summary complaint to a charge under the Sexual Offences ACt 2003.

Dunbar remains on the streets.

Sheriff Michael Fletcher deferred sentence until later this week for the case to be dealt with by the sheriff who heard his initial trial.

Dunbar – described during his trial as a “repulsive person who abused the trust of children” – was convicted of abusing two girls in the mid-90s.

Sheriff Alastair Carmichael imposed a community payback order with three year’s supervision, 200 hours unpaid work and a conduct requirement to stay away from young girls.

December 2015

Paedophile dodges jail despite being convicted of horrific abuse

A CHILD sex attacker – whose horrific abuse caused one of his victims to try to kill herself – has walked free from court after a sheriff opted not to jail him.

Gibson Dunbar – nicknamed Creepy Gibby – was facing up to five years in jail after he was convicted of abusing Jodie, who earlier waived her right to anonymity, and another girl in the mid-90s.

Jodie said the “disgusting” abuse at the hands of the so-called family friend had led to her trying to take her own life as a teenager.

The mum-of-four faced her abuser in court during a jury trial and said she had hoped Dunbar was handed the maximum sentence possible.

She also urged anyone else targeted by him to come forward.

Fiscal depute Vicki Bell told a jury at the trial that Dunbar was a “repulsive person who abused the trust of children.”

Bell said: “Crime has no sell-by date in Scotland, a person can be prosecuted at any time if there is sufficient evidence.

“The witnesses gave evidence in a straightforward manner in a stressful situation.

“One of the girls called him ‘Creepy Gibby’ – a nickname like this does not come from nowhere.”

Dunbar, of Dundee, was convicted of using lewd, libidinous and indecent practices and behaviour toward Miss Turnbull.

He was also found guilty of a separate charge of using lewd and libidinous practices towards another girl under the age of 10 in the late 1980s.

His defence advocate Jonathan Crowe told Dundee Sheriff Court that the 49-year-old was “under no illusion” about the possibility of a prison term.

He said “Clearly this is a serious and anxious case and he is a man who has been deeply affected by this conviction.”

Sheriff Alastair Carmichael imposed a community payback order with three year’s supervision, 200 hours unpaid work and a conduct requirement to stay away from young girls.

Dunbar was also placed on the sex offender’s register for three years and ordered to take part in a sex offender’s groupwork programme.

The sheriff said: “One of the factors I take into account is the appalling impact that your behaviour had on Jodie Turnbull.

“These are not penetrative charges and this behaviour happened between 26 and 19 years ago.

“Sine then you have been in trouble three times but none for sexual offences.

“Taking this all together I can deal with this by a community payback order.”

Jodie was not in court to see Dunbar sentenced.

But speaking ahead of sentencing she said: “It was 11 years before I told anyone.

“He used to come into my bedroom and I’d pretend I was sleeping.

“The first time I told someone was my ex-partner in 2006 and I told my mum a year ago.

“I tried to take my own life twice as a teenager, I was off the rails.”

Miss Turnbull refused to hide behind a screen when she gave evidence against Dunbar during his trial.

“I said no, I wanted to stand up and face my demons.” she said. “After it all came out I had to go ahead, I couldn’t let it happen to anybody else.

“When I saw him I felt that he was a rat that needed put away, just disgusting. I thought now he has to sit and listen to how he made me feel.

“I think there may be other victims and I fear for it happening again.”

October 2015

Paedophile who abused two children found guilty

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A Dundee paedophile has been branded a “rat that needed put away” by a woman abused by him when she was just eight.

The victim, who is now 28, broke her silence after Gibson Dunbar was convicted of sexually abusing her and another girl.

The court heard that one victim tried to take her own life twice as a teenager as the result of her “disgusting” ordeal and she has now urged other victims to come forward.

Dunbar, 49, who has been placed on the sex offenders register, will be sentenced next month.

Gibson Dunbar separately abused two girls, who both were under ten at the time, in the late 1980s and mid 1990s.

Dunbar was found guilty after a three-day trial of two charges of using lewd and libidinous practices towards the youngsters at addresses in Dundee.

His defence advocate Jonathan Crowe told the city’s sheriff court that the 49-year-old was “under no illusion” about the possibility of a prison term.

A jury took just under two hours to find Dunbar guilty of the charges.

Two further charges of lewd and libidinous behaviour against a separate complainer between 1995 and 1996 were found not proven by the jury, and another similar charge against a fourth girl between 1998 and 1999 was found not guilty.

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