December 2013

Man convicted of sex offences against young boys banned from leaving Skye

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A man convicted of a series of historic sex offences against boys under the age of 16 has been banned from leaving Skye following his release from prison.

Neil Campbell, 69, committed the offences at his farm on Skye and at other locations between 1995 and 2011.

The farmer had pleaded not guilty, but a jury at Inverness Sheriff Court found him guilty unanimously on five charges and by a majority on another two.

He has been jailed for nine months. The ban covers a period of five years.

Campbell was also ordered to remain on the sex offenders register for 10 years, and prohibited from having contact with children under the age of 16, or vulnerable adults, without the approval of the police.

Sheriff Jamie Gilchrist had deferred sentence for background reports following Campbell’s trial in August.

The court heard that the offences took place at different occasions between 21 March 1995 and 19 January 2011 at his farm at Talisker, near Carbost, and at other locations.

A joint minute of agreement was lodged by defence advocate Bill Adam and prosecutor Stewart MacIver.

It included details of an injury Campbell had suffered which affected parts of his brain.

The injury involved parts of his brain controlling thinking skills, personality and inhibitions, according to the document.

After the verdict, the jury was told that Campbell had previously been placed on the sex offenders register for an attack on a female doctor in May 2007.

August 2013

Skye farmer convicted of sex offences against children

A 69-year-old man has been convicted of a series of historic sex offences against boys under the age of 16.

Neil Campbell committed the offences at his farm on Skye and at other locations between 1995 and 2011.

The farmer had pleaded not guilty, but a jury at Inverness Sheriff Court found him guilty unanimously on five charges and by a majority on another two.

Sheriff Jamie Gilchrist deferred sentence until 26 September for background reports.

The court heard that the offences took place at different occasions between 21 March 1995 and 19 January 2011 at his farm at Talisker, near Carbost, and at other locations.

A joint minute of agreement was lodged by defence advocate Bill Adam and prosecutor Stewart MacIver.

It included details of an injury Mr Campbell had suffered which affected parts of his brain.

The injury involved parts of his brain controlling thinking skills, personality and inhibitions, according to the document.

After the verdict, the jury was told that Campbell had previously been placed on the sex offenders register for an attack on a female doctor in May 2007.

Sheriff Gilchrist continued Campbell’s bail, but placed him once more on the sex offenders register.