June 2017

Knightswood man admits to sickening sex attack on child

A Knightswood man has plead guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to an horrific historical sex assault.

David Patrick Lynch admitted using lewd indecent libidinous practices to a child at his home address on one occasion between July 12 and July 20 1994.

The 60-year-old admitted that he climbed into a bed where the child was sleeping and carried out a sickening sexual assault.

Procurator Fiscal Depute Stewart Bell told court how Lynch got into a bed where the child was asleep alongside a woman.

When the child awoke, Bell asked if they had ‘wet the bed’. When they replied ‘no’ Lynch said: “I’m going to check” before carrying out the attack. The PF depute said Lynch “stopped of his own accord” a short time later.

The girl told the woman what happened the next morning and when the woman confronted Lynch he said: “I’m sorry it was a mistake, I thought it was her (the woman).”

PF Depute Bell said the ‘incident’ had not been spoken about for around 20 years, until July 14 2016 when his victim confronted him.

Lynch admitted the attack but dismissed their complaint with a disgusting, crude remark. On hearing his response his victim immediately attacked him.

A few days later his victim, who we cannot name for legal reasons, made contact again – this time putting the call on speakerphone and allowing their partner to hear the conversation.

When she asked why he committed the act Lynch again made a foul, dismissive remark. At this point his victim put down the phone and ran away. When their partner picked it up and challenged Lynch he again responded with more foul, in this case deeply personal, verbal abuse.

The couple reported the matter to Police Scotland who attended the accused’s house on August 10 2016.

They spoke to the woman involved in the original incident and she gave them a full statement about the episode in 1994.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court this week Lynch’s defence lawyer asked for bail because the 60-year-old acts as his wife’s carer.

Sheriff Paul Crozier said: “I’m deferring sentence for social enquiry reports and a Clyde Quay Assessment.

“I will continue bail Mr Lynch – don’t read anything into that, all options are open to the court. You are now subject to the notification requirement act 2003, the length will be determined when I sentence you.”

 

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