Paedophile ring jailed
A mother has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for her part in the gang rape of her young daughter and another girl.
Caroline Dunsmore (pictured above) was sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh for overseeing 10 years of abuse of Dana Fowley and a second victim.
John O’Flaherty (pictured above)was sentenced to 13 years for his role.
Morris Petch (pictured above) given life with a tariff of 12 years
Outside the court on Friday, Ms Fowley said she still loved her mother.
She said: “Of course I realise that my mother had to be brought to justice, but as a daughter I love her and when I heard her getting sentenced today I was gutted.
“I was totally gutted with what my mum was given, but at the end of the day it was a justified sentence. It was a victory, all of the sentences that were handed out.”
During the trial, the court heard how the children were subjected to frequent sexual abuse.
The offences took place in the Pilton area of Edinburgh over several years and began when the girls were under the age of 10.
The abuse was orchestrated by Billy King, (pictured above) who was married to Dunsmore, 43, and who is now deceased.
Dunsmore had previously pleaded guilty to several rape charges and to abusing Ms Fowley between 1987 and 1995 when she was aged six to 15, while acting with King.
O’Flaherty, 50, admitted having sex with the same girl at least 12 times and was jailed for 13 years.
THE FATHER: Alcoholic Thomas Fowley (pic below) who was Dana’s father, was an ‘extremely violent man’. He was jailed for raping Dana’s sister
GRINNING with excitement in their nightdresses, the two sisters look just like any other children on Christmas Eve. But behind the innocent smiles, ten-year-old Dana Fowley and her eight-year-old sister were hiding a secret too terrible to imagine.
But behind the innocent smiles, ten-year-old Dana Fowley and her eight-year-old sister were hiding a secret too terrible to imagine.
Dana’s mother, Caroline Dunsmore, 43, was jailed for 12 years for raping and abusing her, while John O’Flaherty, 50, was sentenced to 13 years for his role in the abuse
After the case, Dana, now 26, described the sentences as “justified” and “a victory” after her “life of hell”.
But the trio in court were just three of up to 15 adults who abused the girls. Some of the others are in prison for other child abuse offences, some are dead and some are still being hunted by police.
Today, Dana recalled how the horrific abuse she and her sister suffered simply became a fact of life for them.
At the time the photograph was taken, in 1991, Petch regularly visited the family’s Granton home to rape her. That year, he spent Christmas with the family, having been invited to the house in Wardieburn Road by her mother and her husband, Billy King – who police believe was the head of the paedophile ring. Aged only ten, Dana was molested by the trio each day from Christmas Eve to Boxing Day back in 1991.
She said: “Me and my sister still saw Christmas as a special time. We just accepted what else would happen to us. We had no choice.
“Petch was always at the house and this was no different. And every time he was there I would be raped.”
The girls faced a sickening catalogue of abuse over 12 years, starting when Dana was just six.
Former ice cream man Billy King was said in court to have “orchestrated” the systematic abuse of his step-daughters.
King’s mother and father, Peter and Mary King,(pic below) who are both now dead, were involved in the first attack when Dana was just six
Dunsmore’s own lawyer, Gordon Jackson QC, described how she brought her daughter into a bedroom at the elderly couple’s house in Muirhouse Green to allow the first abuse to take place.
Dana today described Peter King as the “most sadistic” of her tormentors, recalling how he forced her to admit it was her fault she was being raped.
Dana said his wife Mary, who later suffered from dementia, willingly joined her husband in the attacks, which started when they were in their early 60s.
The grandad (pic above) jailed for 5 years for sexual abuse against a child
Another of her abusers was Caroline Dunsmore’s father, William, who raped and abused both his daughter and granddaughters. He is currently serving a five-year sentence for raping Dana’s younger sister.