OAP ABUSED YOUNG GIRLS
High court told of sickening attacks over five decades
A pensioner who sexually abused young girls for decades in Castle Douglas is facing a lengthy jail sentence.
Brian Docherty, 73, committed the offences at houses in the town between September, 1970 and April, 2018.
The High Court in Glasgow heard that Docherty, of Millburn Avenue, Dumfries, was trusted with babysitting the girls – and abused that trust.
His first victim was aged between six and eight when vile Docherty abused her between September, 1970 and September, 1972.
Prosecutor Owen Mullan said that Docherty would babysit his second victim when she was aged between five and seven.
The offences took place between
October, 1980, and October, 1983, but the victim only revealed what he had done to her in 1998 during a conversation with family members.
She went to the police then but there was insufficient evidence to take the case to court.
A third victim was abused by Docherty between February and August, 1986, when she was six.
Mr Mullan said: “She told her mother who took her to see a GP who advised them to speak to the accused and his wife to get some help. They did attend their GP in this regard.
“During his attendance at the doctors’ surgery Mr Docherty appeared pleased that it was out in the open and said he wanted help. He said he was ashamed of himself and would have been disgusted if anyone else had done it.”
The court heard that in 1986 Docherty was referred to a psychologist and underwent treatment in relation to the sexual allegation. This was done because the child’s mother said she did not want the police involved but wanted the accused to get some form of psychiatric help.
The fourth victim was abused from the age of three to nine when Docherty looked after her. The offences took place between April, 2010, and April, 2018.
The court was told that Docherty would sexually abuse the girl and then either buy her ice cream or give her money for her piggy bank.
Police investigated Docherty in May, 2018, after his fourth victim came forward. They then spoke to the other victims and charged him. He made no comment to police.
In court he admitted charges of sexual abuse against all four victims.
Judge Lady Rae placed Docherty on the sex offenders’ register and will sentence him next month at Livingston High Court.
Docherty was remanded in custody.