May 2017

Dundee pensioner jailed for child sexual abuse

NSPCC Scotland says it hopes a six-year prison sentence for a Dundee OAP convicted of historic child sex abuse will offer some relief to his victims.

James Fearn, 70, was last week sentenced following his conviction at the High Court in Edinburgh for the repeated rape and sexual assault of three young girls between February 1977 and January 1983 in the city.

He picked on his first victim in February 1977 when she was just nine years old by raping her.

He then continued to have sex against her will on various occasions until January 1983.

Fearn, who worked for Dundee City Council before retiring, then repeatedly sexually assaulted his second victim between June 1977 and December 1981.

She was 11 when Fearn started abusing her.

Fearn’s third victim was just 12 when he repeatedly sexually abused her between February 1977 and November 1980.

Fearn, of Arklay Terrace, denied the allegations.