November 2015

OAP child rapist dubbed ‘Granddad Theft Auto’ spared jail twice despite car crime spree


A child rapist pensioner branded ‘Granddad Theft Auto’ due to a habit of stealing from cars has dodged jail for a second time.

Sex beast Andrew Yeaman, 74, lurked in Edinburgh city centre car parks before targeting tourists’ vehicles.

The pervert OAP was given a nine year jail term in 1998 after raping a 10-year-old-girl, reports the Daily Record .

He appeared for sentencing at the Edinburgh sheriff Court yesterday, but despite being convicted of a near-identical crime wave two years ago, Yeaman again escaped a prison term.

Instead, a sheriff put him on a nine-month restriction of liberty order after hearing that the OAP was suffering from ill-health.

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Yeaman smashed the rear windows of locked cars and made off with laptops, passports and camping equipment.

He also stole cameras, cash and jewellery from six motors he broke into at the Q car park on Greenside Row and the nearby NCP car park on Elder Street.

In 2013, the former Royal Navy second mate was ordered to do 200 hours of community service after admitting 12 similar offences over a five-year period.

He got his nickname back then, after police released CCTV images of the elderly crook peeking into cars.

It is believed Yeaman, of Port Seton, East Lothian, suffers from pancreatic cancer and has to attend hospital appointments several times a month.

Sheriff Frank Crowe said it would cost an “inordinate amount of money” to keep him in jail.

At a previous hearing, the sheriff told Yeaman, who admitted stealing from six vehicles between April and October last year, the thefts “seemed like some sort of thrill as you didn’t need the money”.

May 2014

Musselburgh OAP on sex charge

A pensioner has appeared in court accused of recording a sexual conversation with a five-year-old girl.

Andrew Yeaman (72) is alleged to have chatted to the youngster about girls’ underwear and asked her about boyfriends while taping the discussion.

Yeaman, formerly of 30 Stoneybank Place, Musselburgh, is also said to have recorded a second similar conversation with a 13-year-old girl during a separate incident.

Both offences are believed to have taken place at the OAP’s home between January 1, 2012 and January 16, 2013.

The pensioner appeared in person at Haddington Sheriff Court last Wednesday and the case was continued without plea.

July 2013

Car thefts pensioner and paedophile avoids jail

A THIEVING pensioner who raked in thousands of pounds plundering vehicles at city centre car parks can today be unmasked as child rapist Andrew Yeaman.

The 71-year-old sex offender is the mastermind behind a five-year crime wave that saw laptops, tablet computers, passports and suitcases stolen from family cars stationed in NCP car parks.

Serial thief Yeaman initially faced 36 counts of breaking into and looting locked vehicles from 2007-2012 but after plea bargaining with prosecutors these were reduced to just 12.

Yeaman has been on the sex offenders register since being jailed for the rape of the young girl in 1998.

The elderly crook brazenly prowled city multi-storeys – including Greenside, Castle Terrace and Elder Street – peeking through car windows to select the most lucrative vehicles to rob.

Yeaman was finally traced after a CCTV image captured at Greenside car park, beside the Omni Centre, featured on the front page of the 
Evening News, prompting a flood of phone calls to the police incident room.

The thief, a former Merchant Navy second mate who was raised in Leith but lives in Musselburgh, is understood to communicate with an electronic device after having his voice box removed through throat cancer in the 1990s.

In 1998, he was sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment for raping a ten-year-old girl at his then home in Northfield Park, Edinburgh.

Passing sentence at the time, Lord Dawson said Yeaman’s crimes – which included making video tapes of the underage sex acts – were “absolutely appalling”.

Despite a serious criminal past, the Gulf War veteran was handed just 200 hours’ community service for his recent rampage, sparking fury that he dodged a jail term.

Today, senior Scottish Conservatives said the judiciary’s “soft touch” on sentencing was counterproductive and failed to deter other would-be thieves.

Tory chief whip John Lamont said: “He may be considerably more senior than most car thieves, and perhaps that played a part in him dodging a jail term.

“However, if someone is fit and able enough to steal cars, they’re able to serve time.

“This is a sentence of very light punishment, and will do little to deter other car thieves, or indeed this man, from re-embarking on his habit.”

Former policeman Cameron Rose, leader of the Scottish Conservatives at City Chambers, echoed this view.

He said: “This sounds like one of these cases that causes members of the public to lose faith in the criminal justice system.

“This appears to be another incidence of the criminal justice system being a soft touch.

A spokesman for Victim Support Scotland said: “As a matter of principle we never comment on individual cases however in such generic types of cases clearly there are many victims and the public has to rely on the courts imposing the appropriate sentence as they are the only people who hear and can have regard to all of the facts which pertain.”

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Following a spate of thefts from a public car park in Edinburgh’s city centre last year, officers carried out a robust inquiry and Andrew Yeaman was subsequently identified and charged.

“His guilty plea is testament to the evidence police gathered against him.”

It is understood Yeaman has been divorced for many years and has two daughters that he does not see regularly.

January 1998

Abuser filmed sex acts

A merchant seaman who sexually abused a young girl with learning difficulties and video-taped his activities, was jailed for nine years yesterday.

Lord Dawson told Andrew Yeaman, 56, that adults were supposed to look after and nurture children and that offences he had committed, which began when the girl was 10, were ”absolutely appalling” and ”unnatural”.

Yeaman admitted indecently assaulting the girl and ordering her to take part in a sex act.

He had full sex with her four times, committed another sex act on her twice, and made video recordings of his activities. The offences took place in his home at Northfield Park, Edinburgh, between October 1 1996 and July 7 1997.

Mr Philip Brodie QC, advocate-depute, told the High Court at Edinburgh that Yeaman had a trivial criminal record with no similar previous convictions.

His victim had learning difficulties, would be attending a special school and her degree of mental handicap might explain why she had been induced to become Yeaman’s victim.

The offences did not involve force, but the intellectual capacity of the girl might have been relevant to that.

The victim had been described by a nurse therapist as likeable but very vulnerable, and to have been greatly affected by the sexual abuse perpetrated by Yeaman.

She was said to have experienced nightmares, flashbacks, heightened anxiety towards men and intrusive thoughts about the abuse – symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Mr Brodie added that the discovery of the sexual abuse had had an impact on the girl’s family who had experienced a range of emotions from shock to terrible feelings of guilt.

Mr Douglas Small, defence counsel, said Yeaman was divorced with two grown up daughters and was a second mate in the Merchant Navy.

The background to the offence was that the accused became friendly with the girl’s family about six years ago.

He socialised with them and would bring them presents from trips abroad. Yeaman would also take the girl swimming and she would go with him with him to antique sales.

Mr Small told the court that, according to Yeaman, there was never any suggestion that the girl had been distressed or crying as a result of what was happening, but that might be explained by the victim’s learning difficulties.

The fact that the girl allowed the videos to be taken suggested that there was never any question of physical force being used, and the offences would probably never have come to light had she not confided in a friend.

There was some mention in the psychiatric report that Yeaman did not accept reponsibility for his behaviour.

Mr Small added, however, that when he had consulted with Yeaman, he certainly seemed to be ashamed of what he had done and expressed his remorse by saying: ”I should never have done it.

It should never have happened.” Mr Small said: ”He asked for me to apologise to the family of the girl and to the court for this despicable conduct.”

He asked the judge to take into account Yeaman’s lack of previous convictions for sexual misconduct, his remorse and the fact that he had pleaded guilty.

Jailing Yeaman for nine years, Lord Dawson said he took into account the fact that he had obviated the necessity for the girl to go through the ordeal of having to give evidence in court. ”Nevertheless, the offences you have committed against this youngster are absolutely appalling.

It is the duty of adults to look after and nurture children who happen to be in their care.

Such is the natural order. These offences I find quite unnatural. ”You not only took advantage of the youth of this child, but of the difficulties she has intellectually.

This court will not tolerate behaviour of this nature. ”I have no doubt it will have significant effects both on the girl and her family and those who care for her.”