November 2018

Dundee man, 61, who raped children dies in custody

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A Dundee man who raped three teenage girls has died while in custody.

Stanley Forbes, who was 61, was locked up for 18 years after being convicted at the High Court in Edinburgh of raping the youngsters between 2000 and 2001.

The court heard that Forbes, who was 44 at the time of his conviction in 2002, took advantage of the youngsters after offering them friendship and cash for drugs.

He preyed on his victims – who included a 13-year-old child prostitute – at addresses on Clepington Road and Foggylea Gardens.

Two other girls attacked by Forbes, formerly of Clepington Street, were 14 and 16 at the time.

Forbes claimed the girls – although strangers to each other – had made up the allegations against him out of spite.

He also said that the 14–year–old had a “teenage crush” on him, kept calling him on her mobile phone and made up the story to get him into trouble when he rejected her.

However, a jury found him guilty of four charges of rape after trial.

A spokesman for the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) confirmed an investigation into Forbes’ death would be carried out, although there are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances. It’s understood he died in hospital.

As is standard procedure with deaths in custody, there will also be a fatal accident inquiry, which is likely to be held at Perth Sheriff Court.

The SPS spokesman said: “Stanley Forbes, 61, a prisoner at Perth, has died. He was convicted at the High Court in Edinburgh on October 7 2002. Police Scotland has been advised and the matter reported to the procurator fiscal.

“A fatal accident inquiry will be held in due course.”

Confirming the receipt of a report into Forbes’ death, a Crown Office spokesman said: “The investigation into the death, under the direction of Scottish Fatalities Investigation Unit (SFIU), is ongoing and the family will be kept updated in relation to any significant developments.”