August 2017

Helensburgh pervert who took pictures of himself raping ‘vulnerable’ girl, 13, is jailed

A former Helensburgh charity shop worker who took photos of himself raping a vulnerable girl who has severe learning difficulties, has been jailed for seven and a half years.

David Wernham preyed on the 13 year-old having earlier claimed he was taking her on metal detection outings.

The 51-year-old Gulf War veteran was snared when police later discovered hundreds of explicit pictures of the victim.

A judge heard how Wernham was identified in them due to his distinctive tattoos.

He today returned to the High Court in Glasgow having earlier pleaded guilty to rape and indecent images charges.

The offences occurred between July 2015 and February 2016.

Lord Beckett told Wernham – whose family have since shunned him – that he had “sexually exploited” the girl in crimes that involved “depravity”.

He added: “There is no alternative to a lengthy prison sentence.”

Wernham – who also uses the name Collins – will be supervised for a further three years on his release.

The teenage victim was described as having learning difficulties and was not able to consent to sex.

Wernham lavished gifts on the girl including toys, teddy bears and trainers.

He had got to know her having met the 13-year-old at the charity shop he latterly managed.

Her ordeal came to light when she told a relative of being abused.

Police raided Wernham’s home and initially found 311 indecent photos of children.

But, they then discovered a folder on his computer containing a further 565 sick pictures of the 13-year-old.

A number showed her being sexually abused by Wernham.

He later claimed handcuffs he had also used on the girl were toy ones and had come from a “dressing up box” at his charity shop.

Lorraine Glancy, defending, said Wernham’s relationship with his wife and children had “come to a complete end” due to the offences.

Wernham will be on the sex offenders list indefinitely.