Aberdeen man avoids jail for historic abuse of girl, 5

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Ciaran Donnelly

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Lee Weir will attain unpaid work

A man who sexually abused a younger child when he used to be a teen has refrained from jail.

Lee Weir, 31, from Aberdeen, committed the offence, bright the 5-300 and sixty five days-damaged-down girl, in 2003 or 2004 when he used to be 13 or 14.

Lord U.s.a. stated it used to be “serious and disgusting” abuse which deeply impacted the girl’s lifestyles.

Nonetheless, the assume instructed the High Court docket in Edinburgh that he used to be happy a non-custodial disposal will seemingly be made.

As an different, he imposed a two-300 and sixty five days personnel payback expose on Weir – with 300 hours of unpaid work to be conducted, a supervision expose, and a requirement to undertake an perpetrator programme.

Advocate depute Jane Farquharson QC stated the sufferer didn’t expose to somebody what had came about at the time.

In later lifestyles she printed to a relative that she had been abused as a child.

‘Disappointment and remorse’

The court heard that Weir also printed to a girl that he had abused the girl and stated he wished to head to the police as he felt ashamed and embarrassed.

Nonetheless, it used to be a member of the sufferer’s family who contacted police closing 300 and sixty five days and Weir used to be arrested the following day.

Defence counsel Edith Forrest stated it used to be “an ordinary case” and argued that Weir will seemingly be dealt with by a non-custodial sentence.

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The High Court docket in Edinburgh heard Weir used to be assessed as posing a low risk of sexual offending

She stated he had pled responsible and current accountability for his actions.

She pointed to the age of Weir at the time of the abuse and stated he had now now not come to the eye of the authorities for any longer sexual offending.

“He has turn into a to blame member of society,” she stated, adding that Weir felt “desperate sadness and remorse” at how he had behaved.

The court heard that Weir used to be assessed as posing a low risk of sexual offending.

The assume smartly-known: “In overall a plea of responsible to such an offence would with out rely on consequence in a penal advanced sentence.”

Weir used to be positioned on the intercourse offenders register for five years.

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