May 2021

‘Horrific’ Scots sex offender jailed after string of rapes and sex attacks on women and children

A Scottish serial sex offender has been jailed for a decade after a string of ‘horrific’ rapes and sex attacks against women and children over a nearly 30-year period.

Hotel receptionist Edwin Cuschieri, of Helliar Way, Shapinsay, Orkney, was found guilty at the High Court in Edinburgh of six charges, including rapes, sexual assaults and indecent assaults against two women and a number of children on the island between 1988 and 2016.

The 67-year-old has now been handed a 10 year sentence and placed on the sex offenders register for life

All of the offences were committed in Orkney between 1988 and 2016.

Cuschieri’s first victim was a woman who was subjected to repeated rapes at different addresses.

During the assaults, between 1988 and 1994, she was pulled by the hair and subjected to derogatory remarks by her abuser.

His youngest victim was aged eight or nine when he raped her at a house on one of the islands in Orkney between 1997 and 2001.

She told the court that she was the victim of a sexual assault which haunted her for years.

In August 2016, the former driver carried out an attack on another woman at a house in Kirkwall and molested her. DNA evidence linking Cuschieri to the crime was found on her bra.

The distressed victim revealed what had taken place to her mother and the police were contacted.

Between May 2014 and 2016 another woman was subjected to sexual assault by him on occasions in Kirkwall when he touched her and made sexualised remarks and comments to her.

The 50-year-old victim told the court that on one occasion he pushed her and told her that if another woman was not present he would have carried out a sex act on her.

On another visit she was left feeling uncomfortable after he touched her in a way that was inappropriate.

Cuschieri told the court that he had first moved to Scotland to work as a diver off Caithness but moved on to Orkney to make “a new start”.