March 2018

Convicted paedophile was previously jailed in 2016 in Glasgow

A former Boys’ Brigade Captain has been cleared of abusing two boys in his company.

Convicted paedophile Andrew Gilmour, 78, was accused of acting inappropriately towards them between 1991 and 1996 at the church hall in Glasgow and at his home.

The men, now 33 and 34, claimed they had been abused by Gilmour, from Glasgow, on a number of occasions when they attended the Boys Brigade club.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court, a jury returned majority not proven verdicts on both charges of using lewd, indecent and libidinous practices.

In evidence the men claimed Gilmour would call them into his office, alone, where he would carry out his sex attacks.

They also claimed he touched them when he had them on their own at his house.

In January 2016, Gilmour was jailed for two years at the High Court in Glasgow for sexually abusing boys the Boys’ Brigade company between 1989 and 1995.

January 2016

Ex-Boys’ Brigade captain jailed for sexually abusing boys

A shamed former Boys’ Brigade captain has today been jailed for two years for sexually abusing two boys in his company more than 20 years ago.

Andrew Gilmour, 76, from Glasgow, was told by judge Lord Bonomy: “You were in a position of very important trust.

“To do justice in this case it is necessary to impose a prison sentence.”

Gilmour was also placed on the sex offender’s register.

As he was led away to begin his sentence he said to family members: “Tell your mum I love her,” and then added: “I’m sorry.”

The High Court in Glasgow heard that abused one of his victims when the boy was aged between 11 and 15. The victim , who is now 35, told of how he was groped in a church and church hall in Glasgow, as well as Gilmour’s Pollok home.

The former BB officer also fondled his second victim, who is now 40, on two occasions when the boy was aged between 13 and 14.

This offence took place in Gilmour’s home. Both victims were members of the Boys’ Brigade and Gilmour was a BB captain when the offence were committed between 1989 and 1995.

Gilmour’s 35-year-old victim said: “It was unforgivable because he was such a supposed upstanding member of the community.”

He would get one of his victims on his own under the pretence of putting play equipment away or preparing for a reading in the church. The victim said he was abused by Gilmour in the church and church hall, as well as in Gilmour’s home.

Gilmour, who denied all the charges against him, did not give evidence. He continues to deny the offences.

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