Febuary 2004

Murder victim was paedophile

The dismembered body of a former teacher jailed for abusing pupils has been found in a garden in Edinburgh.

Lothian and Borders Police have named the victim as 51-year-old registered sex offender Alan Wilson. It is understood his legs had been severed.

Detectives launched a murder hunt after the discovery was made on Tuesday.

The body was found at the rear of a communal garden area in Merchiston Avenue at its junction with Polwarth Terrace.

Mr Wilson, of North Bridge, Edinburgh, was a principal history teacher at Edinburgh’s respected James Gillespie’s High School until he was suspended in February 1999 when a mother complained that he had plied her son with drink.

He resigned from his job after an investigation revealed repeated sex abuse on boys after making them drunk.

He was jailed for 18 months in 2000 after being convicted of carrying out homosexual acts on three of his pupils.

The court heard that he committed eight sex assaults on the boys, aged 16 or 17, over a period of five years.

Detective Superintendent Bert Swanson, of Lothian and Borders Police, said it was one of the most brutal crimes he had encountered.

He said: “The body was dismembered and found in several parts, concealed in bags and it’s shocking anyone should end up like that.