April 2011

Paedophile jailed after abusing 10-year-old boy

A paedophile freed despite warnings he may kill a child is back behind bars after abusing a 10-year-old boy.

Andrew Bryce Blair lured the youngster to his Glasgow flat last August and demanded he take off his clothes before taking lurid photos of him.

The boy escaped by climbing down from a balcony before telling his mother what had happened.

The 56-year-old had a strict order placed on him just months earlier banning him from approaching children.

Blair was able to strike again despite child protection officials stating in a 2009 dossier that he remained a “very high risk” shortly before he was released from prison.

The report also detailed how Blair referred to Dunblane murderer Thomas Hamilton – as well as evidence he could kill a young victim.

Blair was convicted of using lewd and libidinous practices towards the 10-year-old as well as a charge of attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

He admitted to breaching the sexual offences prevention order prior to the trial at the High Court in Glasgow.

The jury was then told of the sex attacker’s sordid past dating back to when he was 16.

He has three previous high court convictions for sex offences against children, including a six-year jail term in 1994.

The court heard he was jailed for ten months in November 2009 for public indecency.

The trial heard how the boy was playing with friends when Blair invited him to his flat in the city’s Cathcart last August 30.

He claimed to have found items belonging to the child, including photographs. Blair handed him a bag of goods and walked him home, but asked the boy to return to his flat promising he had more items to give him.

The child – giving evidence via video link – recalled that when he went back Blair instead demanded that he strip naked.

His mother told the court: “He was hysterical when he first came in. I tried to calm him down to get him to tell me what happened. After about an hour, he did and manged to tell me.”

The 29-year-old said her son had not left the house for months after his ordeal and remains “withdrawn”.

Judge Lord Hardie jailed Blair up for four years for breaching the order that was imposed last April.

October 2002 – Ban paedophile ‘befriended’ children

A convicted paedophile who broke a court order banning him for life from becoming involved with children has been jailed for three years.

Bryce Blair had been jailed four times for lewd and libidinous offences against children when the ban was imposed last year under a little-used legal provision.

The 47-year-old was prohibited from having contact with any child under the age of 16 with a view to forming or having any association or relationship with them

However, he ignored the order and became involved with the young son and daughter of a neighbour.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that Blair, of London Road, Glasgow, met the girl’s father while in police custody.

He told the children’s mother that he was an associate of her partner – but did not say why he had been in prison.

Johanna Johnston, prosecuting, said Blair – who admitted the charge – had visited the family’s home every day in the three-and-a-half weeks before his arrest.

He began regularly dining with the children and their mother, and became increasingly involved in disciplining the youngsters.

He read the little girl stories and bought presents for her and her brother.

Miss Johnston said detailed police inquiries had not revealed any sexual contact with the youngsters.

However, on one occasion Blair asked the girl for a goodnight kiss and cuddle as he was putting her to bed.

The mother became concerned because she felt Blair was becoming too close to her children.

He has previous convictions for lewd and libidinous practices dating back to 1972.

Blair was jailed four times between 1975 and 1994, when he was jailed for six years.

Last June Strathclyde’s chief constable took him before a sheriff to ask for a ban under the rarely used Crime and Disorder Act of 1998.

An order was granted at Glasgow Sheriff Court banning him from associating with children indefinitely.

He was also on the Sex Offenders’ Register, and was being visited twice a week by Strathclyde Police’s Offender Assessment Unit.

Officers from the unit discovered on 24 June that Blair had befriended the woman and her children.

When questioned he admitted spending time with the children and that he knew this was in contravention of the order.

Paul McBride, QC, defending, said his client had started “popping” in for a chat with the children’s mother.

Mr McBride said there was no question from either the children or their mother that there had been any obvious sexual impropriety or sexual suggestions.

He also denied that Blair was grooming the children for sex.

However, he admitted that their mother had not known why he had been in jail.