Sex preda­tor faces life term

Ex-se­cu­rity guard guilty of cat­a­logue of hor­rific crimes

The Galloway News - - FRONT PAGE - Dave Fin­lay

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

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