August 2013

Paedophile jailed after children’s home abuse

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A SERIAL paedophile who preyed on vulnerable children for three decades has been jailed today for 14 years.

Ian Samson, 72, organised his whole life around gaining access to youngsters and carrying out his “wicked campaign” of abuse, taking jobs in places such as a boys’ hostel and a children’s home. His wife even worked as the matron one of ths childrens home he carried out his vile acts

He was convicted after trial of 22 offences involving the sexual abuse and rape of 12 children.

Many of the offences were committed against children at an Edinburgh care home in the 1970s while others took place at locations in the capital and the Lothians throughout the 1980s and 1990s

Even after he severed links with the home, Samson continued to abuse children.

The court heard that some of his victims hid in cupboards or in dog baskets in a bid to escape the abuse.

Jailing Samson, judge Lady Scott told him: “You have been convicted of 22 offences – sex offences and rape of 12 children .

“You are a prolific, predatory and violent sex offender who poses a danger to all young children.

“The sexual violence was prolific and serious and involved many rapes.”

Samson groomed one girl from an early age and went on as she got older to rape her almost daily.

At the High Court in Glasgow Lady Scott told Samson, who wore a shellsuit and a medallion during his trial, that he had carried out “a wicked campaign to abuse children over 30 years.”

She said that he had taken jobs where he would have contact with children. He was employed at a boys’ hostel, then a children’s home and then had an ice cream van.

In later years he would chat to local children and encourage them to go to his home where he supplied them with drink and cigarettes.

Lady Scott expressed surprise that Samson, who was suspected of taking indecent photographs of children while at the children’s home, was never investigated by the authorities and remained in a position of trust.

She added: “There may be a failure of protection here which should be reflected on by all the agencies involved.”

One of Samson’s victims first reported the abuse in 1991, but was not believed.

Samson’s counsel solicitor advocate Jim Stevenson said: “He continues to maintain his innocence. He has found life lonely and difficult in prison.”

During the trial, a string of victims relived their ordeals from the witness box and one woman, now aged 48, told the court: “I just thought it happened because I was in a children’s home.”

The jury found him guilty after a trial at the High Court in Edinburgh of 22 charges including rape, indecency and assault involving 12 different victims.

Eight of the crimes took place at the former children’s home in Edinburgh between 1975 and 1981.

Samson, a prisoner in Glenochil jail, is a registered sex offender who has previously been jailed and has previous convictions for indecent exposure.

The rape victim’s younger brother – one of four siblings taken into care after they were abandoned – said he used to sleep in a dog’s basket in a bid to escape the unwanted attention of Samson who had molested him in his bed.

The rape victim told police she had been assaulted from the age of 12 and said: “I remember him saying I was special to him and it was our little secret.”

She became pregnant by Samson, but had a termination and said: “I just thought it was normal. I was young.”

Samson, a former ice cream van operator, later went on to run a shop in Goosegreen Road, Musselburgh, East Lothian, and continued to perpetrate abuse.

July 2013

Paedophile pensioner abused Edinburgh church home children

A paedophile pensioner who preyed on vulnerable children in care at a church-run home faces a lengthy jail sentence.

Ian Samson, 72, serially abused young people and raped one girl at the premises where he lived in while his wife worked there as the matron.

Even after he severed links with the home, Samson continued to abuse children.

He wore a cross round his neck at his trial at the High Court in Edinburgh.

A string of victims relived their ordeals from the witness box and one woman, now aged 48, told the court: “I just thought it happened because I was in a children’s home.”

Previous convictions

The jury found him guilty of 22 charges including rape, indecency and assault involving 12 different victims.

Eight of the crimes took place at the former children’s home in Edinburgh between 1975 and 1981.

Samson, a prisoner in Glenochil jail, is a registered sex offender who has previously been jailed and has previous convictions for indecent exposure.

Judge Lady Scott told him: “You have been convicted of extremely serious charges. This was a course of conduct of serious sexual abuse and rape of children over a period spanning 30 years.”

She warned Samson he faces “a serious and substantial” jail term when sentence is passed next month.

Jurors, who had to listen to “sordid and distressing events”, were discharged from any further service in criminal trials by the judge.

The rape victim’s younger brother – one of four siblings taken into care after they were abandoned – said he used to sleep in a dog’s basket in a bid to escape the unwanted attention of Samson who had molested him in his bed.

The rape victim told police she had been assaulted from the age of 12 and said: “I remember him saying I was special to him and it was our little secret.”

She became pregnant by Samson, but had a termination.

She said: “I just thought it was normal. I was young.”

The woman’s younger brother, now aged 45, said: “He basically said if I said anything I won’t see my family again.”

The court heard children saw him viewing pornographic films at his former home in Coalgate Avenue, in Tranent, and abuse also occurred there.

Samson, a former ice cream van operator, later went on to run a shop in Goosegreen Road, Musselburgh, East Lothian, and continued to perpetrate abuse.