December 2016

Airdrie paedophile with history of sexual abuse jailed again for six months

AN Airdrie paedophile who last year admitted sexual abuse of a little girl, and who was also jailed for a year in 2014 for possessing child pornography, is back behind bars, having been found with similar images while out on licence.

Serial sex offender Douglas Blair, 63, of Tollbrae Avenue, Gartlea, was jailed for six months for breaching his licence

He had previously pleaded guilty at Airdrie Sheriff Court to the offence of taking or permitting to be taken or make indecent photographs of children at his then Irvine Street home in Glenmavis.

Police seized a PC, hard drive and laptop in July 2012.

The court heard that, following a forensic examination of the equipment, they found 26 moving images on the laptop, 19 of which were at level four and two at level five, the worst categories, as well as nine still images at the lower end of the scale.

At the time lawyer Craig Dewar said Blair was suffering from “physical sexual problems” which resulted in him searching for, then downloading and viewing, these images.

Blair was put on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years and was also placed on licence for a further 30 months on his release.

It was during this time, when police visited his home to inspect his computer in a random check, that his latest offence was revealed.

Blair was caught on August 2, having again downloaded images of young children, and will be sentenced next month.

Prosecutor Agnes Meek said police found 12 indecent images on his computer, which was seized by the cyber crime unit.

Sheriff Petra Collins called for an updated background report and risk assessment and remanded Blair in custody.

The paedophile has a previous conviction for carrying out a horrific attack on a four-year-old child in 1970, when he was 17.

November 2016

Airdrie paedophile caught out again after downloading indecent images of children

A PAEDOPHILE who last year admitted sexually abusing a little girl in 1970, and who was also jailed for a year in 2014 for possessing child pornography, was back in court last week, having been found with similar images while out on licence.

Serial sex offender Douglas Blair, 63, of Tollbrae Avenue, Gartlea, previously pleaded guilty at Airdrie Sheriff Court to the offence of taking or permitting to be taken or make indecent photographs of children at his then Irvine Street home in Glenmavis.

Police seized a PC, hard drive and laptop in July 2012.

The court heard that, following a forensic examination of the equipment, they found 26 moving images on the laptop, 19 of which were at level four and two at level five, the worst categories, as well as nine still images at the lower end of the scale.

At the time lawyer Craig Dewar said Blair was suffering from “physical sexual problems” which resulted in him searching for, then downloading and viewing, these images.

Blair was put on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years and was also placed on licence for a further 30 months on his release.

It was during this time, when police visited his home to inspect his computer in a random check, that his latest offence was revealed.

Blair was caught on August 2, having again downloaded images of young children, and will be sentenced next month.

Prosecutor Agnes Meek said police found 12 indecent images on his computer, which was seized by the cyber crime unit.

Sheriff Petra Collins called for an updated background report and risk assessment and remanded Blair in custody.

The paedophile has a previous conviction for carrying out a horrific attack on a four-year-old child when he was 17.

January 2016

Paedophile who carried out sexual attacks on 4-year-old girl avoids jail

A PAEDOPHILE who carried out a series of sickening sexual attacks on a four-year-old child at a house in Airdrie more than 45 years ago has avoided a jail sentence.

Douglas Blair, 62, whose address was given in court as a property in Glenmavis, was jailed for 12 months in 2014 on child abuse images offences and pled guilty at Airdrie Sheriff Court last month to carrying out sordid assaults on the young girl in 1970.

He admitted acting in a lewd, indecent and libidinous manner towards the girl, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, by inviting her into a bedroom and encouraging her to get into a bed under the covers beside him before sexually assaulting her on various occasions.

The attacks took place at a house in Airdrie – not at his current home address.

Prosecutor Agnes Meek told the court: “He first appeared in private at this court on February 11, when he made no plea or declaration and the case was continued for further inquiries.”

Blair, a former oil worker in Libya who has adult children, was scheduled to go on trial before a jury in December but elected instead to plead guilty, avoiding his female victim, now aged 50, the ordeal of having to give evidence.

Ms Meek said: “The girl was around four-and-a-half years old at the time of the offence, when Blair was 17.

“It took her a long time before she revealed that she had been sexually abused by him. Following police investigations Blair was taken to Motherwell police office and interviewed.”

The court heard Blair had been married for more than 40 years but the marriage broke down following the recent prison sentence he served for downloading child pornography – the majority of the images in the most severe categories – between 2011 and 2012.

Defence lawyer Ross Dewar said: “He is well aware of the serious nature of the offence.

“He lacked maturity at the time. He is currently on an extended sentence from a previous prison sentence. He is on licence until March 2018.”

Sentencing Blair, Sheriff Derek O’Carroll told him: “This was a very unpleasant event. Clearly, from the impact statement I have read, it had a considerable effect on her.

“In your favour at the time of the offence you were 17 and had no previous convictions. You also pled guilty and spared the woman the trauma of having to give evidence.

“You are already subject to stringent requirements that will protect the public from you.

“I have to treat you as a first offender. In my view there is an alternative to custody.”

Blair was put on probation for three years and ordered to carry out 160 hours of unpaid work, reduced from 240 hours because of his early plea.

He was also put on a four-month tagging order, keeping him at home each day from 7pm until 7am.

He was put on the sex offenders’ register for three years.