September 2017

Evil Wishaw pensioner flees court before jury convicts him of sex abuse

A twisted Wishaw pensioner fled from court before a jury found him guilty of sex abuse charges.

Robert Young stood trial at Hamilton Sheriff Court last week, accused of offences against four girls over four decades.

After the evidence was heard a break for lunch was called by Sheriff Marie Smart.

Young, of Langholm Crescent, failed to reappear following the lunch break and a warrant was granted for his arrest.

In Young’s absence the jury found him guilty of using lewd and indecent practices against a girl at a house in Wishaw between 1967 and 1970.

The girl was aged between four and seven at the time.

The 70-year-old was also found guilty of molesting an adolescent in the late 70s at a house in Glasgow and at a wooded area near Cambusnethan Priory.

During the case The Crown announced they were no longer seeking a conviction for two alleged offences in Wishaw in the late 70s and early 80s.

Young was acquitted of using lewd and indecent practices against a girl between 1985 and 1988.

Two charges that the pensioner telephoned two young girls and made sexual remarks to them were found to be not proven.

At Hamilton Sheriff Court last Thursday Young appeared from custody, charged with absconding from court.

The case was continued without plea until later this month.

Young’s solicitor requested bail and said he left the court to look after his dying pet.

The solicitor said: “Mr Young has been under a tremendous amount of stress in the past year.

“He elected to spend the day with his dying animal. “The animal died and he handed himself in to Wishaw Police Office the following day.

“His wife is currently in a care home and granting him bail would allow Mr Young to get his financial affairs in order and to see his wife for possibly the last time.”

Fiscal depute Callum Forsyth opposed bail, saying Young had shown he was not capable of complying with a bail order and there would be a danger that he would abscond again.

Sheriff Marie Smart agreed with the fiscal and remanded Young in custody until September 27, when he will be sentenced for the sex offences.