Monster behind bars after abusing kids for nearly 40 years
A depraved paedophile who molested youngsters over four decades has been caged for a catalogue of horrific sexual offences.
Monster William Hislop, 53, was handed 53 months in prison after admitting a string of sex attacks which took place at different addresses in Renfrewshire between 1978 and 2015.
Justice caught up with Hislop at Paisley Sheriff Court, where Sheriff Seith Ireland told him: “You remain and present a serious risk to the public because of your behaviour of offending in a sexual manner.
“It is a shocking aspect of your behaviour that you committed these offences over that period.”
The bespectacled beast, who pleaded guilty to four charges of attacking youngsters at addresses in Renfrew and Neilston, was only caught after his last brave victim came forward and reported him.
That appalling incident in 2015 involved him attacking a teenage girl who had been staying over at his home, where he zipped open her ‘onesie’ and brutally molested her.
And it was only during the police inquiry into that sexual assault on the girl, who suffers from dyslexia and autism, that his horrible history of offending came to light.
The court heard Hislop had been responsible for sexual assaults dating back from 1978, when he attacked a young boy by climbing into bed with the child and molesting the terrified lad after removing his pyjamas.
In another harrowing incident dating from around 1980, Hislop attacked a girl aged around 12 when he was a much older teenager, by climbing into her bed and removing her clothes.
He even attacked a girl aged nine after befriending her parents, and after stripping the youngster naked in her bedroom, where he proceeded to molest the youngster.
Sentence had been deferred for the preparation of detailed psychiatric reports, and his defence agent Gordon Ritchie asked the court for leniency amid fears for his client’s mental health and safety behind bars.
He appealed for Hislop to be given an alternative punishment of a treatment order as part of community-based sentence
and added by pleading guilty he had spared victims the trauma of a trial.
He said: “If he is sent to custody I would consider he would be a vulnerable prisoner given his personal difficulties and given the offences for which he would be in prison for.
“Exposure to the dangers of prison would have serious consequences for his mental health.
“And given the age of some of the offences, from years ago, he has accepted responsibility for his actions. And by doing so he had averted the unpleasant situation of victims coming to court to confirm their abuse and relive these events, many of which happened years ago.
“This prevented the distress of their even coming to court.”
Hislop, originally from Neilston, has since moved away from the area after he appeared at Paisley Sheriff Court and had been living in Glasgow.
Sheriff Seith Ireland said: “You enagaged in serious sexual offending between 1978 and 2015 involving various victims, some of whom were only children.
“My view is there is no disposal appropriate other than custody given the gravity of these offences. It is a shocking aspect of your behaviour that you committed these offences over that period.
“I formed the view this would have to be remitted to another court, but have just been persuaded to deal with it at the Sheriff Court because you have no previous convictions.”
He sentenced Hislop to 15 months each for the first three charges, which date from between 1978 and 1980, reduced from 20 months because of his guilty pleas. He said the sentences would run concurrently.
However, he sentenced him to 40 months, reduced to 30 months because of his plea, for the later offence dating from 2015.
This term would run consecutively otherwise “it would not be justice” given the nature of the attack.
He said Hislop will serve 53 months, and will serve an extended two year sentence, where he will be closely monitored on his release from jail.
Sheriff Ireland added: “You remain and present a serious risk to the public because of your behaviour of offending in a sexual manner.”
Hislop was also told he will remain on the Sex Offenders Register for an indefinite period.
Paedophile who carried out sex attacks on children
A sordid sex fiend who preyed on youngsters is poised to be caged after pleading guilty to a string of appalling offences.
William Hislop, 53, was also placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register, after carrying out a catalogue of sex attacks on children.
Paisley Sheriff Court heard how the paedophile attacked a teenage girl who had been staying over at his home with her boyfriend, when he zipped open her ‘onesie’ and brutally molested her.
That attack, dating from 2015, took place after he had plied his guests with vodka and he waited until after her boyfriend had gone to sleep, before he struck.
It was during the police investigation into that incident involving the teenage girl, who suffers from dyslexia, dyspraxia and autism, that a whole catalogue of horrific offences came to light.
The proceedings also heard that Hislop, was responsible for sexual assaults dating back from 1978, when he had sexually assaulted a young boy by climbing into bed with the youngster and molesting the terrified child by removing his pyjamas and interfering with him.
In another harrowing incident dating from around 1980, Hislop attacked a girl aged around 12 when he was a much older teenager, by climbing into her bed and removing her clothes while she was asleep.
The panicked youngster woke to discover Hislop on top of her, groping her body, and realised she was in a state of undress.
He also attacked a girl aged nine after befriending her parents, and after stripping the youngster naked in her bedroom, he proceeded to molest the youngster while she lay terrified on her bed.
The court was told that Hislop, who appeared at the dock to plead guilty to four separate sexual offences in Renfrew and Neilston, had been investigated by police following sexual complaints in 2004, but there was not enough evidence to proceed with charges.
Fiscal depute Scot Dignan told the court: “The accused has pleaded guilty to four charges detailing sexual assaults on victims and one of these dating from 2015 gave rise to later discoveries.”
The court heard the vulnerable youngster was left in pain following the assault and only plucked up courage to report Hislop after chatting with her boyfriend and seeking advice from a nurse.
Mr Dignan added: “Another victim who was aged between eight and 10 years when he was sexually assaulted by the accused as the child lay in bed. It was in around 1978.”
Detailing another attack from around 1980, the prosecutor said: “The victim was aged around 12 when the accused sexually assaulted her. She had been asleep when she woke to find her pyjama top around her neck, and her pyjama bottoms around her knees, and the accused was on top of her.”
The court heard the beast, who now lives in Neilston, attacked a girl of nine in 1994 in her own bedroom after befriending her family and promising her a “present.”
Defence agent Charlie McCusker said: “I recognise that your lordship will require reports. My client has long standing mental health issues and we will be seeking a detailed psychiatric report to be prepared before sentencing.”
Sheriff Seith Ireland placed Hislop on the Sex Offenders’ Register and changed his special conditions of bail preventing him from contacting any of his victims.
He said: “You have pleaded guilty to very serious charges and I will require to get reports before considering sentence.
“I will defer sentence until a Criminal Justice Social Work report and a psychiatric report have been obtained.
“Under the Sexual Offences Act 2003, you will be served with notification before you leave the court. The normal term of notification is for five years, but I have to advise you, the final period will be for the court to decide.”
Hislop will appear back before for the court for sentence next month.