October 2013

Paedophile gets hired killer’s protection in jail

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A GANGLAND enforcer jailed over a murder plot has been hired by paedophile John McCallum to protect him in Saughton Prison.

McCallum was sentenced to ten years for raping and abusing his twin nieces when they were children, but the 53-year-old has refused to be placed in segregation in the prison.

Now his associates are paying money to hardened criminal Frank Doris to “vouch” for McCallum and protest his innocence to fellow inmates.

Both men are housed in the same hall at Saughton, where Doris is serving 13 years for conspiring to murder ­businessman Kevin Martin in a £30,000 contract hit.

Relatives of the twin sisters abused by McCallum said they were aware that his associates had attempted to buy protection from other prisoners, but were rebuffed.

The relatives said they were “not surprised” that McCallum, who has links to the criminal underworld, wished to be kept in general population as he “will never admit his guilt”.

Sex offenders are typically kept in segregation in a bid to protect them from attacks by other inmates. Prison bosses carry out full risk assessments on new inmates to ensure their safety before they are assigned cells. McCallum was sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh last Monday for subjecting nieces, Rachel Steadwood and Tracy Brown, 40, to eight years of sordid attacks when they were aged between five and 13.

He was convicted of abusing them in his caravan at a ­Duddingston travellers site and in Loanhead, Midlothian, where the businessman also lived, between 1978 and 1987. A family member said: “We know that Frank Doris is getting paid to look after him.

“McCallum’s associates tried to recruit another hardman at the prison but he said he wouldn’t protect a ‘beast’.

“Another prisoner in a similar situation was paying £500 a week so I’m not sure if Doris is getting the same. I’m not surprised that McCallum doesn’t want to be kept in segregation. He will never admit his guilt.

“He doesn’t care less about the lassies and what they went through. Before the trial he would go on his knees to people, swearing that he was innocent and crying his eyes out.”

Another source said: “Mc­Callum is paying Frank Doris to vouch for him and put it around that he’s innocent. Doris is not a big man but he has a reputation in prison.

“McCallum doesn’t want to go into segregation with the other sex offenders so he’s got Doris to watch his back.”

McCallum, of Loanhead, who comes from a large traveller family, has maintained the loyalty of a number of associates despite his conviction.

A Scottish Prison Service spokesman said: “We do not comment on individual ­prisoners.”

 

Bodyguard’s history of violence

 

FRANK Doris was jailed in April 2010 after being found guilty of conspiracy to murder.

The 43-year-old was convicted alongside property developer Martin Black, who had hired Doris as a bodyguard. Black was living in fear of Kevin Martin, who claimed he was owed £100,000 from a soured business deal, and Doris was hired to kill him.

During their trial, the court was shown a “homemade” gun which was among the weapons amassed by Doris as part of the July 2008 murder plot.

Doris, who boasted of shooting seven men and often signed his text messages “Murder Inc”, was trapped after boasting of his plans to former vice girl Claire Lizanec. He threatened to kill her after she stole a gun from him to sell to buy drugs, and Ms Lizanec reported the conspiracy to police who swooped on his Edinburgh home.

September 2013

Man jailed for child rapes

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A man who raped his twin nieces has been jailed for 10 years.

John McCallum, 53, abused the girls, now 40, on various occasions between 1978 and 1987 at different addresses in Scotland.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard that the sisters, who have waived their right to anonymity, were just five years old when the abuse started.

McCallum was convicted earlier this month following a trial. Sentence had been deferred pending reports.

The court heard that McCallum, who was represented by one of Scotland’s top defence lawyers, still denies his guilt and claims that Frances McMenamin QC and her assistants did not do their jobs properly.

He also felt that female jurors during his trial were prejudiced against him.

Judge Lord Boyd told McCallum, from Loanhead, he had no other option but to send him to prison. He was also put on the sex offenders register “indefinitely”.

He added: “I note from the social inquiry report that you believe you were convicted because of the presence of young women on the jury and because your defence team failed to act properly.

“However, you were very ably represented by senior and junior counsel. The offences for which you have been convicted of are grave ones and must be marked by a substantial period of imprisonment.”

During his trial, the court heard how the offences first came to light 15 years ago when one of McCallum’s victims started to experience flashbacks of what happened to her as a child.

She told her doctor and asked for counselling – eventually reporting McCallum to the authorities.

The two women told the jury how the father-of-two molested them during visits to a travellers’ site in Edinburgh and at a house in Loanhead, Midlothian, and elsewhere.

The trial heard how he drove a lorry looking for work laying tarmac and that some of the abuse took place in the cab.

Ms Brown said that on other occasions, while selling logs for firewood, he would take advantage of her in his van.

The trial also heard that one of the sisters was just six years old when McCallum raped her on a caravan bed in 1979 or 1980

The court heard that McCallum ignored her tears and pleas for him to stop.

Ms Steadwood told how she was raped between August 1980 and August 1982 when she was just seven or eight years old.

McCallum, who was president of a children’s boxing club, denied the charges of rape and four charges of indecent behaviour going back to August 1978.

As the jury returned their verdicts, he interrupted and said he wanted to take a lie detector test.

Speaking after the case, Ms Brown, a businesswoman who owns a cafe, said: “He robbed me of a childhood and he’s robbed me of having proper relationships.

“I’ve been on medication, like anti depressants, for most of my life. There’s been drugs and bulimia and I’ve even tried to take my own life… that’s what he did to me.

“Waiting for the trial was incredibly stressful. The police were great and I have a panic button in the cafe.

“But now it’s done and I want to move on. I have my husband, my kids, my business. He’s not in charge of our lives anymore. We are.”

On Monday, Frances McMenamin QC said her client still maintained his innocence and that she could not say much in mitigation about the offences he had committed.

She said McCallum could not read or write and was previously held in respect by fellow members of the community.

She added: “He is a businessman who has obtained everything in his life through sheer hard work.”

As he was being led away to begin his sentence, McCallum said: “I’m an innocent man. I’m an innocent man. I’m getting 10 years and I’m an innocent man.”

Following the sentencing, Det Ch Insp Kenny Gray said: “John McCallum is a predatory individual who subjected his victims to a significant period of abuse throughout their teenage years and young adult lives.

“If not for the courage of these women in coming forward, his offences may have gone undetected and I would like to once again praise both Tracy and Rachel for their bravery during our investigation.

“I sincerely hope that today’s sentence encourages other victims of sexual crimes, who may be suffering in silence, to come forward and report their abuse to police.

“Police Scotland is committed to keeping people safe and will thoroughly investigate any reports of sexual abuse, regardless of when the offences took place.”

September 2013

Man guilty of child rapes

A MAN who raped two little girls and forced them to commit other sex acts has been told to expect a substantial jail sentence.

A jury found John McCallum, 53, guilty after one of his victims stared across a courtroom as she gave evidence and vowed: “I will never forgive you.”

A trial heard how the sisters kept quiet for years about a catalogue of abuse inflicted on them.

The offences first came to light when a chance experience 15 years ago – a fright as she walked down a corridor – unlocked the memory of one of his victims and she began to experience “flashbacks.”

The woman told her doctor what had happened to her and asked for counselling – eventually reporting McCallum to the authorities.

At the High Court in Edinburgh she had to re-live her experiences again, along with her sister, over the past week.

They told the jury how McCallum, married with two daughters, molested them during visits to a mobile caravan parked at a travellers’ site in Edinburgh and at a house in Loanhead, Midlothian, and elsewhere.

The trial heard how McCallum, now of Straiton Road, Loanhead, drove a lorry looking for work laying tarmac, and some of the abuse took place in the cab.

The girl said that on other occasions, while selling logs for firewood, he would take advantage of her in his van.

The trial also heard that one of the sisters was just six-years-old when McCallum raped her on a caravan bed in 1979 or 1980.

The other sister told how she was raped between August 1980 and August 1982 when she was seven or eight years old.

McCallum, who was also president of a kids’ boxing club, denied the charges of rape and four charges of indecent behaviour going back to August 1978.

As the jury delivered their verdicts he interrupted, demanding to take a lie detector test.

The verdicts were also greeted with shock and disbelief by his supporters in court.

Judge Lord Boyd remanded McCallum in custody pending sentence later this month – telling him he could expect a substantial period of imprisonment after being found guilty of very serious offences