November 2017

Mum screams ‘rot in hell paedo’ as Scots babysitter perv is locked up for abusing kids in his care

A MUM screamed “rot in hell you paedophile” as a Scots babysitter perv was locked up for more than three years after abusing kids in his care.

James Hocking, 35, was a family friend of the two girls he targeted over a lengthy period.

The depraved pervert would attack while their mum was out at work or shopping – only stopping when he heard her return.

And the girls’ distraught mother branded him a monster as he was led to the cells at Dundee Sheriff Court.

Fiscal depute Eilidh Robertson told the court that Hocking’s victims were aged just eight and nine when he began abusing them.

He performed sex acts on the first girl “a few times a week” while her mum was out shopping.

Miss Robertson said: “He would only stop when he heard the buzzer indicating the mother had returned home”.

The second girl later told how Hocking would target her when she was left alone with him.

The creep would remove his trousers and have her sit on his lap while carrying out sexual acts.

The first girl got the courage to come forward in 2015 but Hocking was released due to lack of evidence.

It wasn’t until months later the second girl saw the perv in the street and became anxious – eventually revealing the horror she had endured at his hands.

Hocking, a prisoner at HMP Perth, pleaded guilty on indictment to charges of lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour, sexual assault and failing to appear at an earlier court date.

Defence solicitor John Boyle said: “There’s a certain reluctance from him to discuss in detail the offences.

“He accepts wrongdoing but is uncomfortable discussing the specific allegations.

“There’s clearly work to be done on his issues if he’s not to reoffend.

“He is assessed as a high risk of re-offending because his issues have not been addressed.”

October 2017

Paedophile exploited woman’s trust to abuse young girls

A predator who molested his young victims while babysitting as a family friend has been told to expect a lengthy jail term.

James Hocking was trusted by the mother of his victims, who cannot be named for legal reasons, to look after two girls under the age of 12 in 2010.

Hocking took advantage of the trust placed in him to devastating effect, sexually abusing his young victims while they were left alone at home with him.

Depute fiscal Eilidh Robertson told Dundee Sheriff Court Hocking had been left to look after the girls and committed the heinous sex acts on them while their mother was out at work, only stopping once he heard the front door buzzer ring.

Shocked gasps could be heard in the public gallery as the depraved acts Hocking carried out on his defenceless victims were read out.

Hocking abused both girls by touching their private parts while alone with them and made them carry out a sex act on him.

One of his victims told police she did what she said because she had been made to feel she “had to”.

The court heard both girls revealed to their mother years later what had happened while they were left in his care. One of his victims was nine when the abuse took place.

One of the children became upset after seeing Hocking in Dundee city centre years after the abuse took place, prompting her to tell her mother what had occurred.

Hocking, who lived in homeless men’s shelters in England prior to his arrest in Cheshire earlier this year, pleaded guilty to four charges committed between 2010 and 2013 at various addresses in Dundee.

The 35-year-old appeared from custody clad in joggers and a fleece and remained emotionless as the charges were read out to him.

His defence solicitor John Boyle made no motion for bail.

Sheriff Alastair Carmichael deferred sentence until October 31 for reports and placed Hocking on the sex offenders register.

Hocking was taken back into custody where he will remain until he is sentenced.