March 2019

Scout master jailed for sexually abusing two boys

A former scout master and foster parent has been jailed for 10 years for sexually abusing two children.

William Quigg, 77, of Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire, showed no emotion as he was sentenced at the High Court in Livingston.

The offences took place between 1980 and 1986 at addresses in Glasgow.

One of his victims Ian Johnstone, who has waived his right to anonymity, said he was pleased with the sentence.

Mr Johnstone said: “It has been a 31-year fight to get justice, but I am satisfied with how justice has been delivered.

“Ten years will afford Quigg much time to contemplate his offences and the effects they had on his victims.”

Mr Johnstone added that the sentence was significantly less than the time he has had to deal with the consequences of the paedophile’s crimes.

He added: “I hope others affected by Quigg will now feel brave enough to come forward.

“Justice works no matter how long ago the offences took place. “

Quigg, who was convicted last month, was told by Lord Burns that the abuse he perpetrated was “of the most grave kind”.

The judge said one of the boys had told the jury he had submitted to sexual abuse by Quigg rather than being sent back to a care home.

He said: “I can’t ignore the serious breach of trust that these offences represent. You exploited them for your own sexual purpose.”

Quigg was told his name would remain on the sex offenders register indefinitely.

Mark Stewart, defending, told the court the case was one of extreme abuse which represented a gross breach of trust.

He said: “It’s a matter of practical fact that he is a man who is 77 years of age now.

“It’s accepted that he faces a significant custodial sentence.

“He understands he may not live to see his liberation from this sentence.”

Quigg raped Mr Johnstone when he was aged between 12 and 15 and sexually abused another teenage boy.

Mr Johnstone said he was abused by Quigg on a daily basis after he was placed with a foster family in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire.

He told BBC Scotland: “Over the five or six years I was with them sexual abuse was basically a daily occurrence.

“And severe sexual abuse occurred on many occasions.”

Mr Johnstone said he first complained about Quigg, a former Scout leader and Scout commissioner, in 1989 but it took 30 years for him to finally be brought to justice.

Quigg admitted sexually abusing one boy who was aged between 12 and 15 but he denied raping Mr Johnstone and sexually abusing him from the age of 12 to 16.

But the jury did not believe him and convicted him of all the abuse.

February 2019

OAP convicted of sex abuse of two young boys

A pensioner has been convicted of sexually abusing two boys more than 30 years ago.

William Quigg, 77, of Bridge of Weir, raped Ian Johnstone when he was aged between 12 and 15 and sexually abused another teenage boy.

The offences took place between 1980 and 1986 at addresses in Glasgow.

Mr Johnstone, who waived his right to anonymity to speak to BBC Scotland news, said he was abused by Quigg on a daily basis.

He said the abuse began after he was placed with a foster family in Clydebank. Quigg was his foster father.

“Basically over the five or six years I was with them sexual abuse was basically a daily occurrence,” he said.

“And severe sexual abuse occurred on many occasions.”

Mr Johnstone said he first complained about Quigg, a former Scout leader and Scout commissioner, in 1989.

He said he was a scout in Quigg’s troop.

He believes a number of people suspected he was a paedophile and did nothing.

He wants a change in the law.

“I think if somebody chooses not to report child abuse, in some ways they’re almost as guilty because they’re allowing it to happen; they’re enabling it to happen,” he said.

“I think it should be against the law. Certainly it would have stopped a lot quicker if somebody had reported it sooner.”

Speaking of getting justice more than 30 years on, he said: “There’s no victory in this at all for me. There’s a release and a moving forward. Can I move on from it? Maybe, with this verdict maybe I can move on.”

Quigg admitted sexually abusing one boy when he was aged between 12 and 15, but he denied raping Mr Johnstone and sexually abusing him from the age of 12 to 16.

But the jury did not believe him and convicted him of all the abuse.

Judge Lord Burns described the case as “distressing” and placed Quigg on the sex offenders register.

He was remanded in custody ahead of sentencing at the High Court in Livingston next month.