May 2021

Predatory paedophile who bribed victims with sweets jailed for 17 years

A man described by a judge as a “predatory paedophile” has been handed another 17-year prison term.

Albert Bremner, 58, was given a lifelong restriction order in 2009 for abusing two young girls.

In the new case, he targeted victims at locations in Aberdeenshire and Moray between 1993 and 2005.

Bremner, of Keith, Moray, denied the offences, but a jury returned unanimous guilty verdicts to 11 charges of rape and sexual assault.

The High Court in Aberdeen heard how the five girls were aged between six and 14 at the time Bremner preyed upon them.

Jurors heard how Bremner groomed the children by offering them sweets and cigarettes.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, judge Lady Poole said: “You are a predatory paedophile and the abuse you subjected your victims to was of the most serious nature – you carried out a series of depraved acts on them.

“After hearing your victims give evidence in court it is clear that what you did to them has had a profound and lasting impact on them. They are to be commended for giving evidence in court against you.

“You show no remorse for your actions and you have deeply troubling attitudes ingrained deeply within you.”

She added: “This level of wickedness can only lead to the imposition of a prison sentence. The sexual abuse of children is abhorrent and will not be tolerated by society. The sentence of the court will be one of 17 years.”

August 2009

Moray paedophile jailed for abusing two girls

A sex predator has been sentenced to at least five years in jail after keeping a collection of photos of two girls he subjected to an ordeal of abuse.

The pictures, which showed the naked child victims, were found during a search at Albert Bremner’s former home in Keith, in Moray.

Bremner, 46, plied the children with cigarettes and money before molesting them, persuading them to pose and taking indecent photographs of them during a catalogue of abuse between April 2004 and November 2007.

He also attacked one of the girl’s when she was aged 12 intending to rape her, but stopped when the victim began crying and said she would tell her mother. He carried out a similar assault on the second victim when she was 15-years-old.

Bremner pushed her onto a bed in his home and attempted to carry out a sex act on her while the girl pleaded with him to stop. The doorbell of the house then rang, and Bremner left his victim.

The father-of-four, who later moved to Darwen in Lancashire, admitted assaulting both girls with intent to rape them, indecency offences against them and taking indecent pictures of the victims.

On Thursday at the High Court in Edinburgh, judge Lord Menzies said: “The offences which you have pled guilty to are not only serious, but must have caused considerable distress to the victims.

“The effects of your actions one can only speculate about in relation to the victims.”

The judge said that having studied reports on Bremner he considered that the criteria were met for imposing an indefinite sentence on him through an Order for Lifelong Restriction, which is reserved for the most serious cases of violent and sexual offending.

Lord Menzies added: “An Order for Lifelong Restriction may mean precisely that. It may mean you are imprisoned for life.”

Bremner will only ever be freed now if the Parole Board sanction his release from jail.

Lord Menzies said he would order that the sex offender serve five years’ imprisonment before he becomes eligible to apply for parole.