June 2008

Sex predator began abuse as a boy

A serial sex predator who began targeting his victims when he was a boy aged 12 has been jailed for 10 years for raping three girls.

Goodwin Kay, 43, from Inverness, started his sex crimes in the 1970s when he abused a four-year-old girl at a house in Dunipace, in Stirlingshire.

He later targeted a seven-year-old girl at a house in Cowie, near Stirling.

The High Court in Edinburgh was told that Kay’s abuse of children had spanned more than 20 years.

Lord Clark said Kay had treated his victims as objects simply to satisfy his own sexual urges.

He added: “You have shown no remorse over your conduct towards them.

“The victims were obliged to live again these dreadful and distressing experiences in court.

“Clearly your conduct has blighted their lives permanently.”

Indecency charges

The judge said he was prepared to take into account that Kay was a boy when he committed offences against his first victim.

But he said there was no such excuse for his abuse of the other girls when he was an adult.

Kay, of Daviot, Inverness, continued to deny the later sex offences against his second and third victims but was convicted by a jury after an earlier trial.

The court heard that Kay had compelled the children to wear their mothers’ underwear during the abuse he perpetrated on them.

After abusing his first victim when she was four, Kay raped her when she was aged 10.

He later targeted another girl from the age of seven and molested the child at a house in Cowie and at a car park in the Carron Valley before raping her.

He began abusing a third child in the 1990s before raping her after she reached the age of 12.

Kay was convicted of a total of three offences of rape and four charges of indecency.

Lord Clarke said he would refer Kay’s case to the Scottish ministers to ensure he would not be allowed to work with children in future.