October 2016

Paedophile convicted for 30-year catalogue of abuse

A man carried out a catalogue of sexual abuse against young girls over more than three decades, a trial has heard.

Richard McCormick, 69, targeted children as young as three as he carried out a series of offences in the Falkirk area.

Victims spoke to police in 2006 but attempts to trace McCormick at the time proved unsuccessful.

McCormick was remanded in custody ahead of sentencing at the High Court in Edinburgh.

The court was told that in 2014 information showed that the former offshore worker was on a flight back to Britain and he was arrested at Heathrow airport and brought to Scotland.

McCormick, of Twechar, near Kilsyth, denied the charges at his trial, but was found guilty of eight indecency offences against five girls.

He began targeting girls in 1975 and continued offending against children up until 2006 at houses in Falkirk, Camelon and Denny, and in a car.

One victim told the court that McCormick had visited her family home in Falkirk when she was a child.

She said: “On the outside everything was fine …while inside I was completely terrified and hated him.”

Following his conviction, defence counsel Lorraine Glancy said: “Standing the verdict of the jury, the only ultimate sentence can be a custodial one.”

Judge Lady Carmichael deferred sentence for the preparation of a background report and placed McCormick on the sex offenders register.