July 2013

Moray child sex abuser is jailed

A man who admitted sexually abusing a girl in Moray has been jailed for seven years and four months. Paul O’Neill groomed the girl, then subjected her to months of rape and abuse. O’Neill also shot indecent footage of his victim

A man who admitted sexually abusing a girl in Moray has been jailed for seven years and four months.

Paul O’Neill, 48, of Braeside, Keith, groomed the girl, then subjected her to months of rape and abuse.

O’Neill also shot indecent footage of his victim.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, Lord Uist said O’Neill had set about grooming his victim before carrying out the “disgusting sexual acts”.

Defence counsel David Moggach said his client was offering no excuses for his conduct.

He said: “Looking back on it he says he became something he detested.” O’Neill was placed on the sex offenders register indefinitely.

HMA v PAUL ANTHONY O’NEILL

At the High Court in Edinburgh Lord Uist sentenced Paul Anthony O’Neill to 7 years 4 months imprisonment after he pled guilty to the sexual abuse of a child in the period between December 2011 and September 2012.

5 July 2013

On sentencing Lord Uist made the following statement in court:

“You pleaded guilty to an appalling course of sexually abusive conduct towards a girl aged 10 or 11 during the relevant period between December 2011 and September 2012. You set about grooming her and then proceeded to engage in disgusting sexual acts towards her and to induce her to engage in deviant sexual activities, some of which you photographed or filmed. These activities undoubtedly debauched and corrupted her and her life in all its aspects has been shattered as a result. The long-term effects upon her are incalculable at this stage but likely to be serious. You obviously had no regard at the time to the potential effect upon her of your course of conduct. The social worker who composed a report on you for this court has informed me that when interviewed you demonstrated minimisation, justification and victim-blaming and that you justified your behaviour by viewing her as initiating and encouraging your interest. Those who abuse children in this manner must expect to receive severe punishment when brought to justice.

You are now 48 years old. Your only previous convictions consist of road traffic offences, which I ignore for present purposes. Had you had convictions for violent or sexual offences the sentences which I am about to impose would have been much longer. On each charge I shall indicate first the discounted sentence which I am imposing and then the sentence which I would have imposed had you been convicted by a jury after trial.

I deal first with charge 1, which I regard as separate and distinct from the other charges. The sentence which I impose on that charge is 8 months imprisonment discounted from 12 months imprisonment, to run from 10 June 2013.

On charge 2 the sentence which I impose is 6 years 8 months imprisonment discounted from 10 years imprisonment, to be consecutive to the sentence on charge 1.

On charge 3 the sentence which I impose is 4 years imprisonment discounted from 6 years imprisonment, to run concurrently with the sentence on charge 2.

On charge 4 the sentence which I impose is 2 years 8 months imprisonment discounted from 4 years imprisonment, to run concurrently with the sentence on charge 2.

The total custodial sentence therefore amounts to 7 years 4 months imprisonment from 10 June 2013.”

As a result of the sentences which I have imposed you now become subject to the notification requirements of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 for an indefinite period.”

June 2013

Man admits filming abuse of ten-year-old girl on his mobile phone

A man who admitted raping a child multiple times over a period of several months has been told he faces a lengthy prison sentence.

Paul O’Neill used a mobile phone to film the girl, then aged ten and 11, as he ordered her to carry out sexual acts while dressed in her school uniform.

Police computer experts later found 37 indecent videos of the girl along with a further eight images of the child on his laptop.

They also discovered that O’Neill, 48, had been hunting on the internet for images of other children.

He was found to have a file of 17 indecent images of other children estimated to be aged between three and 14, which included sexual activity.

O’Neill was arrested after another girl went to his victim’s home to play with her friend and found a camera recording video in the bathroom.

She also spotted a mobile phone set to record in the bedroom where the girls were getting changed and revealed what she had seen when she returned home to her mother, who reported it to police.

Advocate depute Martin Macari told the High Court in Edinburgh: “He accepted that he had watched pornography on the laptop and that there would ‘probably’ be images of people under 16, including images downloaded from the internet and some he had taken himself.”

O’Neill, of Braeside, Keith, in Moray, admitted to a string of sexual offences against the girl between December 2011 and September 2012 and taking or making indecent photographs of children at a house in Morayshire when he appeared in court on Monday.

Judge Lord Uist told O’Neill: “You have pled guilty to extremely serious crimes of child sexual abuse which are bound to result in a significant period of imprisonment.”

The judge remanded O’Neill in custody and adjourned the case until July for sentencing. He also placed O’Neill on the sex offenders’ register.