October 2016

Rapist carried out ‘appalling’ child abuse over three decades


A rapist carried out an “appalling” catalogue of sexual abuse against children over three decades.

Kenneth Copland’s crimes had a “profound effect” on his victims, the High Court in Glasgow heard on Thursday.

The 67-year-old had previously been convicted of rape and nine charges of lewd and libidinous behaviour.

He was jailed for ten years for abusing nine girls and boys during a 29-year period between the 1960s and early 1990s.

The abuse occurred at various different addresses in Aberdeen, with one victim recalling how she was attacked “too many times”.

Lord Beckett told Copland he was guilty of “an appalling course of criminal conduct”.

The judge added: “You sexually abused children – for the most part, you were in a position of trust

“Two were exceptionally vulnerable children. What you did has had profound and lasting effects.

“The gravity of the crimes means they have to be marked by a substantial custodial sentence.”

September 2016

Convicted sex offender warned he’s facing a “significant” jail term

A convicted sex offender has been warned he’s facing a “significant” jail term after being found guilty of a string of historic offences.

Kenneth Copland, 67, had been on trial accused of a catalogue of sex offences over a 29-year period.

He had denied the charges against him, but a jury found him guilty of a number of offences involving boys and girls after a three-day trial at the High Court in Aberdeen.

Copland, whose address was given in court papers as King Street, Aberdeen, was found guilty of nine charges of lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour as well as one charge of raping a young girl on various occasions.

The charges involved nine different victims and took place at various locations in Aberdeen.

After the verdict the jury was told Copland had previously been convicted of lewd and libidinous practices in the 1960s.

Judge Beckett, who oversaw the trial, told Copland he would defer sentence for a background report.

He told him: “You have been convicted of very serious charges, albeit they happened a long time ago, they remain very serious.”

Judge Beckett added: “You will go to prison for a significant period in due course.”

Defence counsel Mark Stewart QC had asked for his client to remain on bail pending sentence.

Mr Stewart said Copland suffered from a number of health difficulties, however, Judge Beckett told him he would be remanded in custody until his sentencing next month at the High Court in Glasgow.

During the trial the jury heard evidence from the victims.

And a woman told the court how Copland had raped and abused her when she was a child.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the jury how she had been raped and how she remembered feeling “shocked” and “terrified” of Copland.

When asked if she knew how many times it had happened she said: “Too many times.”