March 2015

Paedophile who bought his victim’s silence by taking him to Rangers games is jailed for seven years

A MARKET trader who groomed and abused a schoolboy then took him to Rangers matches to buy his silence has been jailed for seven years.

Vincent Hill preyed on the child for four years starting when the youngster was only 12.

Hill was only snared in 2013 when his victim bravely revealed his ordeal to his wife which led to the police being alerted.

The 60-year-old returned to the High Court in Glasgow yesterday after earlier pleading guilty to sexually and indecently assaulting the boy.

Lady Scott told Hill he had “systematically abused” and “deliberately groomed” his victim.

The judge said the prison term would have been eight years, but for the guilty plea.

The court previously heard how the victim first got to know Hill in 1997. Hill at the time sold computer games and consoles at a car boot market in Glasgow.

The boy was said to have had a “chaotic life” – but Hill soon took advantage by abusing the child.

The abuse took place between 1998 and 2002 at different addresses in Paisley, Inchinnan and Erskine, all Renfrewshire.

The court heard how Hill ordered the youngster “not to tell anyone”.

Prosecutor Shirley McKenna told how, in an attempt to keep him quiet, Hill would often take the boy to watch his favourite football team Rangers.

It was only in 2012 that the victim told his wife he had been sexually abused as a child.

But it was a year later before he revealed Hill was responsible.

Hill, of Paisley, was eventually charged by police – 15 years after the abuse began.

The court heard he later sent a text to the victim claiming he wanted to “cut a deal” and that he would plead “guilty”.

Hill also claimed he was “sorry” and asked for the man to “forgive” him.

Miss McKenna said the abuse had a “profound effect” on the victim.

This included him attempting suicide, requiring counselling, which has led to an “impoverished” life.

Maurice Smyth, defending, said divorced Hill had expressed “regret” at what happened.

March 2015

Abuser used football tickets to buy victim’s silence

A court has heard that a man took a schoolboy he abused to football matches in a bid to buy his silence.

Vincent Hill from Paisley abused the boy for four years, beginning when the victim was aged 12.

The 60-year-old, who pled guilty at the High Court in Glasgow to sexually and indecently assaulting the boy between 1998 and 2002, will be sentenced next month.

The abuse stayed hidden for 13 years, until the boy told police in 2013.

It was only in 2012 that the victim told his wife he had been sexually abused as a child, and it was a year later before he revealed Hill was the man responsible.

The offences were carried out at various addresses in Paisley, Inchinnan and Erskine in Renfrewshire.

The court heard that the victim first got to know Hill in 1997, when Hill worked as a market trader, selling computer games and consoles at a car boot market in Glasgow.

Prosecutor Shirley McKenna told how, in an attempt to keep the boy quiet, Hill would often take the boy to watch his favourite football team, Rangers.

The court also heard that the child lived a “chaotic life” – a factor Hill took advantage of.

Miss McKenna said the abuse had a “profound effect” on the victim, and had led to him attempting suicide and requiring counselling. It was said that this had led to an “impoverished” life.

The court heard Hill later sent a text to the victim claiming he wanted to “cut a deal” and that he would plead “guilty”. Hill also claimed he was “sorry” and asked for the man to “forgive” him.

Judge Lady Scott remanded Hill in custody and deferred sentencing until 30 March at the High Court in Edinburgh.