October 2018

Sex offender who neglected kids dodges jail

A convicted sex offender who allowed three little girls to get so hungry one ate cat food and another the bristles from a toothbrush, has been spared jail.

Derek Carrick walked free from court, despite keeping the children in horrendous conditions for two and a half years

The 42-year-old’s home in Kirkton Avenue, Knightswood was filthy and smelly, with cat litter overflowing and strewn with dirty dishes.

The oldest girl was bullied at school for the way she looked and smelled, and there were no sanitary products for her to use.

The youngest girl’s bedroom had a cardboard box covering part of the window with bits of toast lying around and food trampled in the floor.

Jurors heard the middle child used to ask to take leftover snacks home from school.

Carrick, of Holehouse Drive, Knightswood, Glasgow was unanimously convicted at Glasgow Sheriff Court of wilfully neglecting and ill-treating the girls then 10, nine and three, between February 2011 and October 2013.

It emerged he has a previous conviction from 1997 of using lewd and libidinous practices toward young children.

Sheriff Martin Jones QC imposed a community payback order with two years supervision and 200 hours of unpaid work as a “direct alternative” to prison.

He said there was no medical evidence to suggest the children suffered injury or were malnourished, but told him: “You must accept your conduct has had some detrimental effect on their welfare.”

The youngest of the three girls, now nine, gave evidence that was recorded before the trial started and played to the jury.

During it, she said the house was dirty and smelly in particular the living room where Carrick slept.

She said: “There was clothes everywhere, and boxes everywhere in the living room on the couch and everything, it was just cat litter everywhere.”

Carrick would often “slap” her if she woke him up too early, or wanted the light on because she was scared of the dark.

The nine year-old: “I would try and eat my toothbrush I was that hungry, I would take off the bristles and eat them.”

The eldest girl, now 18, was asked during her evidence if she ate breakfast and said “most of the time, no” and that “there wasn’t anything there to eat”.

She said: “Most of the time there wasn’t anything there and if there was, it wasn’t enough”.

Procurator fiscal depute Ruth Ross-Davie asked: “On occasion when there was no food, what did you do?”

She replied: “There was a few occasions I ate cat food.”

Asked if she told Carrick, the girl said: “I mentioned it a few times, his response was he didn’t have any money, it wasn’t his fault.”

She said the cat was kept in the kitchen and could go “weeks and weeks on end” without it.

Jurors heard the bathroom in the flat smelled, and the bath had bugs in it.

The witness said: “I tried not to spend much time in there.”

The teenager said there was no sanitary products for her to use and Carrick didn’t buy any.

She told the court: “There was never really anything like that in the house.”

September 2018

Sex offender Derek Carrick guilty of child neglect

A convicted sex offender has been found guilty of wilfully neglecting three school children in his care.

A court heard Derek Carrick, 42, of Knightswood, Glasgow, allowed the girls to get so hungry that one was forced to eat cat food.

The youngest child also told how she ate the bristles from her toothbrush because there was no food.

Carrick was unanimously convicted of wilfully neglecting and ill-treating the girls between 2011 and 2013.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard Carrick’s home on Kirkton Avenue was filthy with overflowing cat litter during the time he looked after them.

The youngest girl’s bedroom had a cardboard box covering part of the window with bits of toast lying around and food trampled in the floor.

The eldest girl said she was bullied at school for the way she looked and smelled.

She also said there were no sanitary products for her to use.

Jurors heard the middle child would ask to take leftover snacks home from school.

The girls were aged three, nine and ten when they were neglected between February 2011 and October 2013.

The court heard Carrick has a previous conviction from 1997 of using lewd and libidinous practices toward children.

The youngest of the three girls, now nine, gave evidence that was recorded before the trial started and played to the jury.

She said the house was dirty and smelly, especially the living room where Carrick slept.

Carrick would often “slap” her if she woke him up too early, or wanted the light on because she was scared of the dark.

She told jurors about always being hungry and feeling sick.

The nine-year-old told the court she didn’t clean her teeth.

She added: “I would try and eat my toothbrush I was that hungry, I would take off the bristles and eat them.”

The eldest girl, now 18, said there was rarely any food in the house.

Procurator fiscal depute Ruth Ross-Davie asked: “On occasion when there was no food, what did you do?”

She replied: “There was a few occasions I ate cat food.”

Asked if she told Carrick, the girl said: “I mentioned it a few times, his response was he didn’t have any money, it wasn’t his fault.”

Jurors heard the bathroom in the flat smelled, and the bath had bugs in it.

The teenager said there was no sanitary products for her to use and Carrick did not buy any.

She told the court: “There was never really anything like that in the house.”

Sheriff Martin Jones QC deferred sentence until next month and continued Carrick’s bail.