Dane Murdoch – Edinburgh

February 2021

Edinburgh pensioner who kissed and photographed girls he babysat for is jailed

An Edinburgh pensioner who targeted two young girls while they were attending Sunday School classes has been jailed for 14 months.

Dane Murdoch, 72, touched and kissed a six-year-old girl and took indecent photographs of her while he looked after her at a relative’s home.

Murdoch also got into a shower with the terrifiedyoungster and instructed her to look at his penis as she washed.

The OAP also kissed a second girl, aged just eight at the time, and compelled her to touch his penis while he looked after the pair at the home in Edinburgh.

Murdoch met the girls while they attended the Sunday School sessions at a church in the west of the capital that he volunteered at in 1996.

The trusted church member then became friends with their parents and abused them after agreeing to babysit the pair overnight over the following three years.

Murdoch, from South Queensferry, pleaded guilty to two offences of using lewd, indecent and libidinous practices towards the two girls when he appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court in December.

The pensioner returned to the dock todaywhere Sheriff Chris Dickson told him he viewed the offences as “a gross breach of trust” and caged him for 14 months.

Sheriff Dickson also placed Murdoch on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years and ordered he be reported to Scottish ministers for inclusion on the list of people unsuitable to work with children or vulnerable adults.

Sheriff Dickson said: “These offences were committed in circumstances that can only be described a gross breach of trust.

“You befriended the parents of the children and were able to babysit them and commit the offences.

“Given the seriousness of the offences only a custodial sentence is appropriate.”

Previously the court was told Murdoch was a member of the Edinburgh church and volunteered to help out at the Sunday school classes which were run each week in an adjoining hall.

The two victims were aged just six and eight when he took an interest in them and he soon befriended the parents of the children.

The conniving parishioner, originally from Aberdeen, was so trusted by the parents he became the pair’s babysitter and took care of the girls at a relative’s home in the Saughton Mains area of the capital.

He bought the youngest girl presents including flowers and ring and got the victims to touch him intimately while they played a game of ‘truth or dare’.

On occasions between 1996 and 1999 he took sordid pictures of the younger girl while, she was partially undressed and also jumped into the shower while she was washing herself.

Murdoch, a retired contracts officer with Edinburgh City Council, also took advantage of the older girl by instructing her to lie on top of him and get her to touch his penis while kissing her.

Murdoch pleaded guilty to using lewd, indecent and libidinous practices towards a girl, aged between six and eight-years-old, by repeatedly touching her on the body, undressing in front of her, watching her undress, asking her to pose topless as he took pictures of her at an address in Edinburgh between January 1, 1996 and July 31, 1999.

He also admitted attempting to expose her naked body, enter a shower with her, tell her to look at his penis and kiss her on the mouth and lips and touch her buttocks over her clothing.

The pensioner also pleaded to using lewd, indecent and libidinous practices towards a second girl, aged between eight and 10-years-old, by instructing her to lie on top of him, kiss her and compel her to touch his penis at the same address between January 1, 1997 and December 31, 1998.

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