June 2012

David Cumming jailed over sex abuse in Hawick and Edinburgh

A man who sexually abused two young girls in Hawick and Edinburgh has been jailed for six years.

David Cumming, 52, of Tranent, East Lothian, preyed the youngsters between August 1985 and June 1990.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard he tried to buy his victims’ silence withgifts and told them it was their “little secret”.

Judge Lord Turnbull told Cumming the court had a duty to protect children from predators. Cumming had earlier admitted five charges of sex abuse.

Lord Turnbull told him: “I accept that the offences to which you have pled guilty took place many years ago and, in some respects, you may now be a different person.

“In particular I accept there is no reason to think you have conducted yourself in a similar way since. “However, the passage of time does not alter what you did.”

May 2012

Pervert who preyed on young girls facing jail

A PERVERT who subjected two little girls to a horrifying series of sexual assaults has been warned to expect to be sent to prison.

David Cumming, of Tranent, preyed on the children – who cannot be named for legal reasons – at addresses in Hawick and Edinburgh between August 1985 and June 1990.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard how the 52-year-old would force the kids to perform disgusting sex acts on him against their will.

Prosecution lawyer Alison Di Rollo told the court that Cumming would buy his victims presents before assaulting them.

She added: “He would regularly buy sweets and he would tell them that it was their little secret.”

However, the girls had enough courage to come forward and tell the police about what happened – and Cumming, of Coalgate Avenue, was arrested for the offences last year.

On Wednesday, Cumming – who has one previous conviction for theft by housebreaking – pleaded guilty to five charges of sexual abuse before judge Lord Turnbull.

The judge deferred sentence on Cumming to June 14 at the High Court in Edinburgh.

Lord Turnbull also said that he needed to have reports about Cumming’s character before he could pass sentence.

Allowing the sex offender bail, Lord Turnbull added: “You should take the time between now and the sentencing hearing to get your affairs in order as the imposition of a lengthy custodial sentence looks most likely.”