May 2001

Child-sex pervert jailed

A PERVERT was jailed for nine years yesterday for sexually abusing disadvantaged children.

Sidney Bangham, 57, had provided the youngsters with small comforts in life, like trips to a swimming pool, but those were also “items of seduction”, the High Court in Edinburgh heard.

Bangham, of Hillend, Fife, was told by Lord Cameron he had taken advantage of three children for his own sexual gratification and the gravity of the offences meant he must be jailed.

He admitted four charges of indecency involving two girls and a boy, and attempting to rape one of the girls between 1993 and 1998 at his home in Harewood Drive, Edinburgh. The abuse began when each of the children was aged about ten.

Bangham had originally denied the charges and pleaded guilty only after one of the victims, a girl now 17 who has learning difficulties, gave evidence against him.