February 2021

Edinburgh paedo OAP guilty of sexually assaulting three kids – including girls aged 6 and 8

A pervert pensioner is facing a lengthy jail sentence after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting three children – including girls aged just six and eight-years-old.

John Sands, 78, attacked the youngsters between 1997 and 2017 at an address in Portobello, Edinburgh.

He subjected one girl to six years of grotesque abuse from 2011 onwards including lying on top of her, pinning her to a bed and rubbing his body against her.

The sick OAP also assaulted a second girl when she was eight-years-old by touching her inappropriately on various occasions at his home between 1997 and 1999.

He also attacked a third girl, when she was just 14, by rubbing her leg and touching her over her clothing on occasions between 1997 and 1999.

Sands denied the allegations but was found guilty of four sexual offences against the girls following a four day trial at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last week.

One victim said: “We can’t be called liars any more.

“We held our heads high while others stuck by him.

“Shame on you all.

“It’s been two and a half years of pure hell but I’m glad justice has been done.

“The victims have good hearts and the jury saw this.”

Sheriff John Mundy deferred sentence on the pensioner to March 9 for social work reports.

Sands was released on bail.