September 2017

Dundee shoe repairer, 81, jailed for six-year abuse of child

A Dundee pensioner has been jailed and placed on the sex offenders register for life for sexually abusing a child for more than six years.

Charles Clark, 81, was found guilty last month at the High Court in Glasgow of sexually abusing the child, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Clark, who formerly ran a shoe repair shop in the Hilltown, appeared at the High Court for sentencing after being convicted of four charges, including using lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour towards the child.

He was also found guilty of making the child watch pornographic videos.

And the pensioner was found guilty of two further charges of possessing indecent images of children.

A further charge of having raped the child was previously withdrawn by the Crown.

Sentencing Clark to three years in prison, Lord Ericht told him that his crimes — which happened in Dundee and Angus in the mid-1990s and early-2000s — had taken a heavy toll on his victim

Lorraine Glancy, who defended Clark, told the High Court that he accepted a custodial sentence was inevitable.

The lawyer said the convictions had brought Clark “disgrace”.

She added that on his release from prison, he was likely to leave the Dundee area and never return, as he was a familiar face in the city and would be a “well-known sex offender” in the community.

The pensioner had been a popular figure in the Coldside area while working in the Hilltown.

Clark had owned and run McLeod’s Shoe Repair shop in Strathmartine Road until last year, when he retired after 49 years

 

September 2017

Retired Dundee shoe repair man, 81, who sexually abused child ‘deserves to die in jail’

A relative of a child who was sexually assaulted says the abuser is an “evil monster” who “deserves to die in jail”.

Charles Clark, 81, was found guilty at the High Court in Glasgow of sexually abusing the child, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Clark, the retired owner of a shoe repair shop in Dundee, was found guilty of four charges, including using lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour towards the child.

He was also found guilty of making the child watch pornographic videos.

And the pensioner was found guilty of two further charges of possessing indecent images of children.

A further charge of having raped the same child was withdrawn by the Crown.

The offences were committed at various addresses in Dundee and Arbroath in the mid-1990s and early 2000s.

Speaking after the court case, the relative of the victim said Clark “deserved to die in jail” for his “disgusting” crimes.

The relative believes Clark is a “danger to the public” and added: “What he did was a huge betrayal of trust.

“You never expect that of anyone, so to find out he had done those things was very hard to accept.

“He is an evil monster.

“It was pointed out to me that with him being 81, he’s likely to die in jail.

“I think he deserves that.”

The relative added: “It took so long for him to be found guilty for what he did and he had his freedom for years afterwards.

“He should never be released — he’s obviously a danger to the public.

“His crimes were disgusting.”

Judge Lord Ericht deferred sentence for the preparation of reports and placed Clark on the sex offenders register.

Clark will be sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow on Thursday October 5.

Clark was a well-known figure in the Coldside area of Dundee, having owned McLeod’s Shoe Repair shop in Strathmartine Road until last year, when he retired after 49 years.

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