Man who lives in Donegal jailed for sexually abusing schoolboys

A man, now living in Donegal, who sexually abused four schoolboys two decades ago has been jailed for eight years.

Scott Turner,44, assaulted the children, who cannot be named for legal reasons, at addresses in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire between December 1991 and November 1998.

The High Court in Glasgow heard how two of Turner's victims were 11 when he began abusing them and the others were aged seven and eight.

Turner, who left Scotland for a new life in County Donegal, denied the charges and claimed his victims were telling lies.

However, a jury rejected Turner's story and he was convicted of sexual proceedings following a trial in November this year.

Sentence had been deferred for the court to obtain reports and on Wednesday, at the High Court in Edinburgh, judge Craig Scott QC sent Turner to prison.

Passing sentence, judge Scott added: "There has been an abject lack of understanding or indeed remorse for your actions. "One of the complainers in this case has spoken of how you have left him with continuing psychological injuries. "You wrecked what should have been innocent childhoods"

On Wednesday, defence advocate Edward Targowski QC told the court his client still maintained his innocence. He added: "Mr Turner is making arrangements that he will serve that sentence as close to his family in Ireland as possible."

Judge Scott told Turner that imprisonment was the only sentence available to him. Turner was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register.