March 2021

Son could be jailed for sending his mum a birthday card to say he loved her

A convicted paedophile who threw his own urine over his mum is facing a lengthy jail term for sending her a birthday card saying he loves her.

Joseph Carson, 63, has been convicted of breaking a court ban on contacting his mum, Jane Carson, by posting her the 84th birthday card.

At the time of her birthday, in July last year, Joseph, who was previously jailed for sex offences against an underage girl, was the subject of a Non-Harassment Order (NHO).

The NHO was imposed at Paisley Sheriff Court on September 1, 2017, after he indundated Mrs Carson, and her former boyfriend, Ronald Moreland, with poison pen letters.

And Mrs Carson was so upset and agry at receiving the card from her son, who was previously convicted of throwing his pee over her, at her home in Erskine, Renfrewshire, that she binned it.

Joseph denied breaking the NHO, claiming it did not apply to him as his date of birth had been recorded incorrectly on the court document.

He also denied breaking an NHO preventing him from contact his de facto adopted sister, Gayle McMillan, and her husband, Alan McMillan, and went on trial over the claims at Paisley Sheriff Court this week.

Mrs Carson said: “When I opened the card it said, ‘Hi, mum, hope you’re having a lovely birthday. Your loving son, Joseph.

She said she also received a letter from him in 2019, addressed to her under her maiden name of Jane Skinner, which made reference to the fact his date of birth was wrong.

She said the letter stated that the date of birth error “renders the [Non-Harassment] Order invalid, and added: “That’s how he thinks he is going to get away with it.

“I felt it was him up to his old tricks. I was sick of it – very frustrated.”

On November 6, 2019, Carson was also made the subject of a 10-year-long NHO in relation to Mr and Mrs McMillan, after hounding them with hate-filled letters for over five years.

Between March 19 and 22 last year, in Renfrew, near Glasgow, he put posters up in the local area claiming the McMillans were criminals.

Supermarket worker Mr McMillan also gave evidence, telling the court his wife was making her way to work when she spotted one on a bus stop.

He explained: “It was regarding me and my wife. I went up and down Paisley Road, where I found five or six more.

“Neighbours also received something in the post.”

Carson, of Machrihanish, Argyll and Bute, denied he’d done anything wrong, claiming there was a plot to murder his mother, and declined to be present during part of his trial.

On Thursday afternoon, the jury found him guilty of the three charges he faced – breaking the NHO by contacting his mum in 2019 and 2020, and breaking the NHO on contacting the McMillans last year.

Sheriff David Pender called for a psychiatric report to be prepared ahead of sentencing, and adjourned the case until next month for that to be done.

Supermarket worker Mr McMillan also gave evidence, telling the court his wife was making her way to work when she spotted one on a bus stop.

He explained: “It was regarding me and my wife. I went up and down Paisley Road, where I found five or six more.

“Neighbours also received something in the post.”

Carson, of Machrihanish, Argyll and Bute, denied he’d done anything wrong, claiming there was a plot to murder his mother, and declined to be present during part of his trial.

On Thursday afternoon, the jury found him guilty of the three charges he faced – breaking the NHO by contacting his mum in 2019 and 2020, and breaking the NHO on contacting the McMillans last year.

Sheriff David Pender called for a psychiatric report to be prepared ahead of sentencing, and adjourned the case until next month for that to be done.

And in 2014 at Paisley Sheriff Court he was placed on a Community Payback Order after being convicted of assaulting his mum and Mr Moreland at her home.

He grabbed Mr Moreland, who was 74 at the time, and headbutted him, knocking him to the ground, and throw his pee on him and his mother, who was then aged 77.

September 2017

Convicted paedophile jailed over poison pen letter campaign against own mum

A paedophile who waged a poison pen campaign against his mother and her partner was jailed for eight months yesterday.

Joseph Carson sent letters containing vile lies to friends and neighbours of his mum Janet Carson, 80, of Erskine, after she started a relationship with a man, 78, in 2014.

His trial heard he feared his inheritance was being put at risk.

Sentencing Carson, Paisley sheriff Seith Ireland branded him “delusional”.

The 59-year-old, of Machrihanish, Argyll, was also given a five-year non-harassment order, preventing him from contacting his mother and Ronald, who have now split.

Carson spent three-and-a-half years in jail after he was convicted in 1992 of sexually abusing a girl.