Sex predator faces life term
Ex-security guard guilty of catalogue of horrific crimes
A depraved sex predator who raped a woman at Southerness Caravan Park has been warned he could face a life sentence.
Former court security supervisor Robert Hawkins, 58, raped women and molested children during a 14-year catalogue of horrific sex crimes.
Hawkins carried out a painful sex attack on one little boy after the primary school pupil, who had undiagnosed dyslexia, struggled with a word in his home work.
When police went to detain Hawkins at his home in Edinburgh they found a switched on computer with a screen saver revealing indecent images of children.
An examination of equipment revealed that Hawkins had amassed a collection of child pornography in photos and movies some of which were among the most extreme seen by analysts.
More than 1,100 images and 330 film clips were in the most serious category.
Hawkins online communications with other paedophiles on a file sharing site were also recovered by the police.
A judge ordered that a full risk assessment be carried out on Hawkins by an expert focused on the threat he poses to public safety.
Lord Pentland said at the High Court in Edinburgh: “There is overwhelming evidence the prisoner is a serial paedophile who has, over a protracted period of time, abused children. He continues, it seems, to have a deviant interest in children.”
Hawkins, formerly of Prestonfield Road, in Edinburgh, had earlier denied raping two women, assaulting a boy and indecency offences against a girl committed between 1990 and 2004 but was convicted of all the offences.
He had previously admitted possessing child pornography between 2006 and 2016.
During the evidence one man told the court how he had heard Hawkins rape his mother at Southerness caravan park in 1992 after he was sent out to play as a child.
The man, now aged 35, said he and his brother were told to leave the caravan before the sex attack.
He said: “I do remember hearing my mum being raped. I remember feeling distinctly powerless to do anything. I think I was nine years old and scared.”
“I distinctly remember my mum saying ‘no, no, no,’ over and over again,” he said.
Following the caravan attack on the woman in 1992 Hawkins subjected the victim, now aged 59, to a further rape at a house in Edinburgh when he pushed her to the floor.
A second woman who was raped by Hawkins said he had sex with her despite her telling him “no”.
One man, now aged 32, who was subjected to brutal sexual abuse by Hawkins as a child said he was terrified of him.
During his evidence Hawkins claimed he had never interfered with children and when his counsel Herbert Kerrigan QC asked him why he had said he had done such things online he replied: “I have no idea unless it was boasting or bragging. I don’t remember the conversation.”
Lord Pentland continued the case until October for the preparation of the full risk assessment report and ordered that Hawkins be held in Saughton prison.
Paedophile rapist Robert Hawkins