August 2017

Rutherglen pensioner convicted of years-long campaign of sexual abuse

AN 80-year-old Rutherglen man is behind bars after being convicted of sexually abusing three sisters over a 14-year period.

At the High Court in Glasgow pensioner William Cassells, of 5 Chapel Court, was today found guilty of inappropriately touching the girls.

The offences were committed between 1975 and 1989 at addresses in Castlemilk and Rutherglen.

His youngest victim was only 10 when he began abusing her.

The others were 11 and 12 when Cassells sexually assaulted them.

The victims who are now in their 40’s and 50’s told prosecutor Rosemary Guinnane that they told their mother what had happened to them, but she did not believe them.

They said that Cassells would often look after them and when he did so he would abuse them.

He denied the allegations, but did not give evidence.

The sisters recently decided to bring Cassells to justice for his crimes and reported the historic sexual abuse to the police.

After the guilty verdicts were delivered, Ms Guinnane said: “The accused has no previous convictions. He is 80 and lives alone in Rutherglen. His wife is in a care home.”

Judge Hughes told Cassells: “These offences took place over a period of time. You took advantage of young girls. These are very serious offences. It may be of some comfort to your victims that the jury accepted they were telling the truth.”

He remanded Cassells in custody pending sentence on October 11 at the High Court in Edinburgh and placed him on the sex offenders register.

Judge Tom Hughes also ordered a background report to be prepared on first offender Cassells for when he next appears in court.

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