February 2019

Paedophile who sexually abused two schoolgirls jailed for 15

A paedophile who sexually abused two schoolgirls while they were in bed has been jailed for 15 months.

Hugh Heron, 55, inappropriately touched both girls on the breasts while they were in his care.

One girl was repeatedly subjected to sex attacks by Heron over a six year period.

Sick Heron’s second victim was subjected to an attack on one single occasion at a home in Maryhill between January 1993 and June 1995.

After a trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court, Heron from Knightswood, was convicted of four charges.

He was found guilty of two charges of using lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and a charge of indecent assault, against his first victim who was between 12 and 18 when she was repeatedly attacked.

Heron was also convicted of using lewd, indecent and libidinous practices on one occasion towards the second girl, who was 14 at the time.

Passing sentence today sheriff Norman Ritchie QC said: “I have taken the view that a custodial sentence is unavoidable here.”

Members of the public gallery shouted “Yes” when the sentence was announced.

Both woman, now 38 and 39, told the court of their ordeals at the hands of Heron.

The younger of the two recalled being too scared to tell anyone what was happening at the time.

The court heard Heron carried out the sex attacks during the night while they were in bed.

The eldest victim recalled a single occasion when he touched her breasts, while the other spoke of it happening repeatedly.