Pensiner convicted of child sex crimes – nearly 50 years later
A Bonhill man has been convicted of impregnating a 15-year-old girl and sexually abusing three children nearly half a century after committing the crimes.
Norman Duncan was found guilty of six charges involving four girls aged between eight and 15, and not proven on one charge, all committed between the 1960s and 1970s.
The 70-year-old’s trial lasted eight days at Dumbarton Sheriff Court and a jury of 15 men and women today (Wednesday) took less than two hours to return with unanimous verdicts on each charge.
Duncan was immediately placed on the sex offenders register and told that he will be imprisoned when Sheriff Mungo Bovey passes sentence next month.
A request for bail until then was refused and Duncan was led away to the cells in front of three of his sobbing victims, now aged in their 50’s.
One of them sobbed: “He’s going to jail, he’s going to jail.”
Duncan, from Ladyton, denied all allegations, forcing three of his victims to give evidence in court.
The court heard that one of the girls became pregnant at the age of 15 and delivered the baby when 16.
She fled home a year later — leaving her baby behind with relatives — and has not been seen since.
Tragically, the baby died several months later. However, DNA evidence was produced at court last week that confirmed Duncan is the father.
This evidence was crucial and jurors convicted him of the charge of impregnating the 15-year-old.
They also convicted him of using lewd, indecent and libidinous practices towards the three other girls, who were aged around five, 12 and 14 when the abuse is said to have begun.
A charge of using lewd, indecent and libidinous practices towards a girl under the age of 16 and kissing her on the lips in the 1970’s was found not proven.
Three of Duncan’s alleged victims gave evidence in court last week, claiming that he repeatedly sexually abused them.
One woman has suffered depression throughout her life, traumatic flashback experiences, and has been diagnosed with post traumatic stress.
She was allegedly repeatedly abused in a house in the Vale of Leven between the ages of eight and 14.
Another told how the sexual abuse has affected her deeply and impacted on her relationships with her family.
The three victims who were in court were cuddled by their relatives and friends after the verdict was read out.
The other victim fled the Vale of Leven area in the 1970’s around a year after delivering Duncan’s baby – and she has never returned.
She vanished, leaving the tot with her relatives, and the baby tragically died just months afterwards.
However, blood samples were taken from the baby when it was born and kept on file in what is known as a Guthrie card.
This was kept in storage for almost 40 years in Stobhill Hospital in Glasgow, and later in Livingston, before being recovered by police investigators in January 2014.
They sent the baby’s blood samples to the Scottish Police Authority laboratory in Dundee where tests were carried out, along with tests on a mouth swab taken from Duncan.
Fiona McMahon, manager of the police DNA database, gave evidence at Dumbarton Sheriff Court last week to say the baby’s DNA matched Norman Duncan.
She said there was a match at each of the 15 DNA markers tested and said there was only a 170,000 to 1 chance of someone else being the father.