April 2017

Sex beast attacked women and children

A man responsible for a series of domestic abuse and sexual offences carried out over a 37-year period against multiple women and children in Fife has today been convicted.

At Edinburgh High Court, Kenneth Wayne Watt (46) was found guilty of rape and other sexual offences.

Watt of Kirkcaldy, had earlier disrupted proceedings by shouting from the dock.

This forced judge Lord Brailsford to adjourn his trial for 24 hours.

He then sacked his lawyer and told his new legal representative that he wouldn’t be present in court to hear his victims tell the court of how he abused them.

Lord Brailsford then gave permission for the trial to go ahead.

Officers from Fife Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit began to investigate the 46-year-old in February 2016 after he was identified as a serial offender in violent crimes against women and children.

Several women disclosed that they were the victims of a number of crimes committed by Watt during the period of 1979 to 2016.

Jurors heard how he repeatedly physically abused his first victim between February 1988 and October 1997.

The court heard how he repeatedly raped the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, on various occasions between February 1988 and November 1994 at locations in his home town.

Watt, who has several previous convictions for dishonesty, then started preying on a girl aged four, subjecting her to violent physical and sexual assaults between February 1990 and February 1997.

Between June 2004 and June 2007, Watt also repeatedly assaulted another woman, who also cannot be named for legal reasons. He also raped her in late 2005.

Watt then repeatedly battered another woman between July 2013 and December 2015.

The majority of the offences took place within the Kirkcaldy area of Fife.

While in custody he also assaulted a female officer who was interviewing him before refusing to provide her colleagues with his fingerprints and a DNA sample.