June 2021

Scots sex beast Kim Avis who faked own death jailed for 15 years after 11-year campaign of abuse

A manipulative sex offender who abused women and children has been jailed for 15 years after he was tracked down by US marshalls.

Kim Avis, 57, raped and molested victims during an 11-year campaign of sex crimes in the Highlands.

But as his trial for the string of offences loomed he was reported missing in America after going for a swim at Monastery Beach in California.

Avis had claimed that after “a near death experience” he had come to the view that he would not receive a fair trial.

A judge told him at the High Court in Edinburgh: “You the effectively went on the run before US marshalls, unpersuaded that you were dead, tracked you down in Colorado.”

Lord Sandison said: “You were for many years a very well-known street trader in Inverness, busking and selling jewellery from your market stall.”

The judge said that as he understood it Avis had even received “some sort of good citizen award”.

But Lord Sandison said there was another side to him and the author of a background report prepared on the sex offender had described him as “a controlling and dominant personality”.

He said Avis manipulated, managed and coerced victims as he perpetrated a catalogue of sex offending which included horrific rapes.

Avis, formerly of Wolves Den, Farr, Inverness, had denied a string of charges at an earlier trial but was convicted of attacks on two adult women and two girls committed between 2006 and 2016.

He was found guilty of a total  of 13 offences of rape, attempted rape, sexual assault and indecency.

He was also found guilty of failing to appear at the High Court in Edinburgh on March 11 2019 for proceedings in the case. He was detained in the US in July that year.

Lord Sandison jailed Avis for 12 years for the sex crimes he committed and imprisoned him for a further three years for failing to appear in court.

Avis was placed on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.