May 2016

Perverted taxi driver locked up for three years after sickening sex attacks on two victims

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A perverted cabbie has been locked up for three years.

Shaven-headed beast Archibald Buchanan, 68, plied a girl aged just 12 with booze, induced her to watch porn and touched himself in her presence.

The 68-year-old sicko also carried out a sex act on a woman.

He showed no emotion as he was led down at Ayr Sheriff Court on Monday, with the words of Sheriff John Montgomery ringing in his ears.

The sheriff told him he had abused the trust of his victims — and made them feel worse by forcing them to give evidence against him.

Sheriff Montgomery said: “The effects of this (abuse of trust) was all too evident during the trial, which added to the way they felt towards you by causing them to have to undergo examination in a public court.

“The sorrow you have shown in my estimation is hollow and self-serving for what were quite clearly grossly abhorrent actions.”

His lawyer Peter Lockhart said Buchanan understood the appropriate sentence was a custodial one. Mr Lockhart said his client was at a moderate rather than high risk of re-offending.

Mr Lockhart added: “His position is he still denies the offences. But there is an inevitability here, my Lord, and he has been prepared for that.”

Buchanan, of George Place, Doonfoot, was given three years in jail, extended for a further two years on release and put on the sex offenders register for an indefinite period.

During three decades behind the wheel, he has worked with companies including Gribbens, Streamline and Ayr black cabs.

He had denied the charges, forcing both victims to give evidence during a three-day trial.

The first involved a woman at a house in Tarbolton on one occasion between January 1, 1998 and September 29, 2000.

He carried out a sex act on her and shaved her pubic hair while she was asleep.

The jury also found Buchanan guilty of an offence against a 12-year-old girl on October 23, 2002.

That involved making remarks of a sexual nature, inducing her to view sexual images and carrying out a sex act on himself.