August 2020

Man sentenced for sexual abuse of two girls – Forth Valley

An 84-year-old man has been sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow today for serious sexual offences against two young girls over a number of years in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Robert Johnstone, from Tillicoultry, was sentenced to two years after being convicted on Wednesday, 12 February, 2020. He was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.

The offences were committed over a period of time between November 1972 and November 1981 at two addresses in Alloa.

One girl was aged between seven and 15 when she was subjected to the serious sexual assaults. The other girl was aged seven to 12.

Judge Lady Rae told Johnstone: “These were terrible abuses towards two young children. I appreciate you are now 84 and have very significant mobility problems as well as health issues, however the effect on children, who have been abused, is lifelong and I don’t detect any remorse from you.

“In fact you sat in the witness box and said each of your victims were liars.”