November 2018

Paedo Scots pensioner who abused kids as young as three while he babysat for friends jailed

Brian Docherty, 73, abused youngsters

A vile pensioner who abused kids as young as three has been jailed

Brian Docherty, 73 – who has been assessed as a “high risk” sex offender – started abusing children in the 1970’s when he was given babysitting responsibilities at homes in Dumfries.

One of his victims told police how he would sexually abuse her and then either buy her a Mr Whippy ice cream or give her money for her piggy bank.

Docherty’s first victim was aged six when he started abusing her at a house in Castle Douglas in September 1970. The abuse continued for two years.

Docherty babysat his second victim between October 1980 and October 1983 when she was aged between five and seven.

The girl only revealed what he had done to her in 1998 during a conversation with family members. She went to the police, but at that stage there was insufficient evidence to prosecute him.

He abused his third victim between February and August 1986 when she was six.

The court heard that in 1986 Docherty was referred to a psychologist and willingly underwent treatment over the sexual allegation after the girl’s mother didn’t want cops involved.

Docherty appeared pleased that the abuse was out in the open and claimed at the time that he wanted help.

He also said he was ashamed of himself and would have been disgusted if anyone else had committed the offence.

But he quickly returned to abusing vulnerable young children, deliberately isolating them from their families and friends so he could abuse them.

Docherty abused the fourth victim when he looked after her when she was aged between three and nine. The offences took place between April 2010 and April 2018.

Passing an extended sentence at Livingston’s High Court, Lady Rae told him: “What makes this so serious is the fact that there were four children who you abused over a very long period of time.

It’s agreed in the narrative that you targeted these children who for the most part were neighbours and friends of your own children.

“A major aggravating factor in this case is that your offending commenced in the 1970s and only ended this year. All of the children were very young, all under the age of 12. It is relevant to highlight that the youngest and latest victim was only three or four when you started abusing her. The others were aged five and six when the abuse commenced.

“It is significant that you have been assessed – despite your age – to present a high risk of sexual re-offending. The only possible mitigatory factor is your acceptance of your guilt which has avoided the necessity of your victims reliving the trauma that they suffered at your hands in a court of law.”

She added: “The fact that they didn’t give evidence does not in any way minimise the damage you did to them when they were very young and it can only be hoped that they can start to move forward with their lives now you have finally been convicted.”

The judge highlighted that Docherty’s conduct itself could be “very traumatic” to a child, adding: “We see in this court the impact on victims of complainers. It has a lifelong effect on many people.

“They’re adults and adult men or adult women in their 40s and 50s having to relive these events become very distressed. It’s not something you can forget.”

Beast Docherty was told he must spend seven years and 10 months in prison and remain under close supervision for two years following his eventual release.

His name will also remain on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.

October 2018

Pensioner who sexually abused young girls in Castle Douglas facing jail sentence

A pensioner who sexually abused young girls for decades in Castle Douglas is facing a lengthy jail sentence.

Brian Docherty, 73, committed the offences at houses in the town between September, 1970 and April, 2018.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that Docherty, of Millburn Avenue, Dumfries, was trusted with babysitting the girls – and abused that trust.

His first victim was aged between six and eight when vile Docherty abused her between September, 1970 and September, 1972.

Prosecutor Owen Mullan said that Docherty would babysit his second victim when she was aged between five and seven.

The offences took place between October, 1980, and October, 1983, but the victim only revealed what he had done to her in 1998 during a conversation with family members.

She went to the police then but there was insufficient evidence to take the case to court.

A third victim was abused by Docherty between February and August, 1986, when she was six.

Mr Mullan said: “She told her mother who took her to see a GP who advised them to speak to the accused and his wife to get some help. They did attend their GP in this regard.

“During his attendance at the doctors’ surgery Mr Docherty appeared pleased that it was out in the open and said he wanted help. He said he was ashamed of himself and would have been disgusted if anyone else had done it.”

The court heard that in 1986 Docherty was referred to a psychologist and underwent treatment in relation to the sexual allegation. This was done because the child’s mother said she did not want the police involved but wanted the accused to get some form of psychiatric help.

The fourth victim was abused from the age of three to nine when Docherty looked after her. The offences took place between April, 2010, and April, 2018.

The court was told that Docherty would sexually abuse the girl and then either buy her ice cream or give her money for her piggy bank.

Police investigated Docherty in May, 2018, after his fourth victim came forward. They then spoke to the other victims and charged him. He made no comment to police.

In court he admitted charges of sexual abuse against all four victims.

Judge Lady Rae placed Docherty on the sex offenders’ register and will sentence him next month at Livingston High Court.