High court told of sick­en­ing at­tacks over five decades

The Galloway News - - FRONT PAGE - Wilma Ri­ley

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.

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