Help us keep evil Tor­bett locked up

Sunday Mail (UK) - - News -

The sis­ter of a youth player abused by pae­dophile Celtic Boys Club coach Jim Tor­bett yes­ter­day pleaded with other vic­tims to come for­ward.

Michelle Gray be­lieves there are more sur­vivors who were tar­geted by the dis­graced busi­ness­man.

Her brother An­drew, who played for the coach in the late 80s and early 90s, gave ev­i­dence which helped nail Tor­bett, who was last week jailed for six years.

An­drew, 41, died last year in an ac­ci­dent in Aus­tralia.

Michelle, 43, said she hopes a trust be­ing set up in his name will help other vic­tims to con­tact po­lice.

She said: “We hope that, through the courage shown by An­drew, more vic­tims will come for­ward.”

Tor­bett, 71, was jailed for sex­u­ally abus­ing three boys over an eight-year pe­riod.

He was pre­vi­ously locked up for abus­ing boys in 1998.

Celt ic FC la st week ex­pressed “deep re­gret” over Tor­bett’s crimes but in­sisted Celtic Boys Club were a sep­a­rate or­gan­i­sa­tion.

In 2002, we re­vealed how Celtic main­tained a link with Tor­bett’s busi­ness after he was jailed. They had a £ 250,000- a-year con­tract with the Tro­phy Cen­tre, where Tor­bett was a di­rec­tor be­fore re­sign­ing in 2000.

Celtic cut ties with the firm after the con­tract ex­pired.


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