Sex abuser aban­dons ap­peal over sen­tence

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS -

A Fife mar­tial arts in­struc­tor who was jailed for sex­u­ally abus­ing eight young girls has aban­doned an ap­peal against his prison sen­tence.

Gary Goodrum was due to ap­pear at the High Court in Ed­in­burgh on November 13 in a bid to have his nine-year jail term re­duced.

The 39-year-old was found guilty of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing a girl, as well as seven counts of lewd, in­de­cent and li­bidi­nous be­hav­iour, fol­low­ing a trial in March.

The in­ci­dents took place over a 17-year pe­riod be­tween 1999 and 2016.

The young girls were groomed by Goodrum who would flat­ter and co­erce them into com­mit­ting sex­ual acts at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing ad­dresses in Rosyth and Hil­lend.

Goodrum, of Cor­siehill in Perth, sobbed as he was led from the dock by G4S of­fi­cers and was handed a nine-year jail term.

He was also placed on the sex of­fend­ers reg­is­ter for an in­def­i­nite pe­riod by Lord Stephen Wool­man fol­low­ing his sen­tenc­ing at the High Court in Aberdeen.

Goodrum had lodged his in­ten­tion to ap­peal against the length of his sen­tence.

How­ever, he with­drew it just one week be­fore the hear­ing was due to take place.

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