November 2005

Pervert jailed for offences against girls

A SERIAL pervert has been jailed for more than two years for sex offences against two young girls.

Roderick Tilbury, 41, of Leith Walk, served an 18-month jail term for assaulting a woman with intent to rape in 1991.

Ten years later the father-of-six was jailed again for kissing and touching a 14-year-old girl.

Today’s 30-month sentence at the High Court in Edinburgh was for offences dating back to the early 1990s.

A jury heard cleaner Tilbury was supposed to be looking after the girls – then aged seven and nine – during overnight stays at his then home in the Muirhouse area.

One girl told how he pulled off her bed covers and exposed himself to her. The older girl described how Tilbury had touched her.

Tilbury was found guilty of two charges of indecent behaviour but he was cleared of six other charges involving other girls.

December 2001

Drink party pervert gets 30 months

A 37-YEAR-OLD man who “took advantage” of a 13-year-old girl and indecently assaulted her while she was drunk has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Roderick Tilbury, in custody, pleaded guilty to the indecency charge last month and sentence was deferred for reports.

The incident took place on September 16 last year in a house then occupied by Tilbury in Muirhouse Way, Edinburgh.

Fiscal Gillian More said a number of young people had been drinking heavily in Tilbury’s house.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard that the girl collapsed as she left and Tilbury carried her back into the house where he committed the offence.

The girl, said Mrs More, had been shouting for him to stop and was crying.

Defence agent Nigel Bruce said that drinking parties involving young people were “unfortunately” a regular occurrence in the house.

In many cases of this kind, he added, the accused blamed the victim, but Tilbury had not done so

Sheriff Elisabeth Jarvie QC told Tilbury he had taken advantage of the girl while she was in a very vulnerable state.

“You were in a position of trust with this girl alone,” she said.

The offence, she added, had been committed against the girl’s will and had caused her considerable distress.

The Sheriff also pointed out that Tilbury had a previous conviction for a similar offence at yesterday’s hearing.

As well as jailing Tilbury for 30 months, Sheriff Jarvie ordered his name be placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for three years.