May 2009

Hideout paedo is caged for 32 months

A NOTORIOUS paedophile was jailed for 32-months yesterday after he went on the run to France following his early release from prison.

Joseph Millbank, 48, had been freed early from a 10 year sentence in May last year and was meant to tell authorities if he moved home.

But he failed to do so and disappeared and became the first Scot to be posted on a child protection organisation’s Most Wanted website.

He was traced to St Tropez in the South of France and was arrested in August before being brought back to Scotland.

Millbank later appeared at Perth Sheriff Court and admitted that he failed to notify a change of address in July last year.

Sheriff Margaret Gimblett sent him to the High Court for sentence maintaining that an “exemplary sentence” was called for.

She said at the time: “His departure from Scotland to France would have required some planning and organisation. He was well aware of the notification requirements.”

Judge Lord Brailsford said at the High Court in Edinburgh: “It does seem to me that the circumstances in which you committed the offence were at the more serious end of charges of this nature.

“This was a wilful and deliberate breach of the provisions.

“Moreover, I take account of the fact you appear to have fled to another country, France, and avoided detention.”

The judge said he would have jailed him for four years, but following his guilty plea the sentence would be cut to 32 months.

The sentence will run concurrently with the outstanding remainder of the 10 year sentence.

Millbank, previously from Luncarty, Perthshire, is in Peterhead prison which houses some of the country’s most serious sex offenders.

He was originally jailed for six years in 2002 for abusing girls and taking indecent pictures of 11 children in Dundee and Aberdeen. It was later increased to 10 years following a Crown appeal.

January 2002

Sex offender jailed for six years

Millbank (pic centre)

A paedophile convicted of child abuse offences involving young girls across Scotland has been sentenced to six years in jail.

At a hearing last month, Joseph Millbank, 41, admitted a catalogue of crimes against youngsters.

The judge at the High Court in Edinburgh told Millbank, of Luncarty, Perthshire, that his conduct had been disgusting and perverted.

But parents of the victims have condemned the sentence as too lenient.

The court heard how Millbank had preyed on young girls for more than 10 years while he travelled round Scotland working as a shopfitter.

The police know of incidents involving 35 girls, but believe there may have been other victims who have yet to be traced.

The investigation, which covered five force areas, was one of the biggest paedophile inquiries ever carried out in Scotland.

‘Immeasurable harm’

Millbank was eventually caught after fingerprints left at the scene of one of the crimes in Inverness were identified as his.

On Thursday the judge, Lord McCluskey, told Millbank that his sentence had to reflect society’s outrage at such persistent and wicked conduct.

Lord McCluskey said: “It is notorious that there are long-term effects on many children who find it difficult to cope with the sense of guilt and betrayal following being abused in this fashion.

“Your conduct was plainly disgusting, perverted and deliberate.