January 2019

Pensioner convicted of raping girl, 12, after confessing crimes to her parents

William Tucker, 74, was taped by the girl’s parents confessing during a phone call – however claimed “I never touched the wean” when led away from court

Tucker targeted his victim when she was aged between 12 and 16,

The offences were committed at addresses in Glasgow, Fife and Argyll between April 2008 and April 2012.

Tucker claimed that he had just admitted the rape and sexual abuse of the girl to “keep the peace,” and added: “I was lying when I said that.”

He insisted in evidence that he had never touched the girl and was innocent.

Prosecutor Kath Harper revealed that Tucker has a previous conviction for indecently assaulting a 14-year-old girl.

Judge Lord Summers remanded Tucker, deferred sentence until next month and asked defence counsel Lorraine Glancy to include reference to Tucker’s age in her plea in mitigation.

Lord Summers said: “The wings of some Scottish prisons are resembling geriatric wards. I’ve not come to any view about it. I know there is authority about young offenders, but I’m not clear what guidelines there are from the Appeal Court about older offenders.”