November 2015

Convicted paedophile caught with girl aged 14

A REGISTERED paedophile, barred from being in the company of a child under 16, has been jailed for eight months.

Jedburgh Sheriff Court was told Alexander McKie, 39,  was found in the company of a 14-year-old child.

He  appeared on indictment, and admitted breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order, originally imposed at Duns Sheriff Court in 2007.

It was renewed in 2012, and is due to expire in 2017.

The eight-month jail term for McKie, whose address was given as Barkinnie prison of Glasgow, was back-dated to September 17.

August 2001

Man jailed for sex attack on girl

A man who tried to rape a four-year-old girl in her Galashiels home has been jailed for four years at the High Court in Edinburgh.

The court heard how 25-year-old Alexander McKie told the child that she was having a bad dream.

Judge Lord Cameron was told that McKie posed too great a risk for him to be treated in the community.

McKie, of Tweedholm Avenue, Walkerburn, in Peebleshire, admitted attempting to rape the girl in April.

The father-of-three, whose girlfriend is expecting a fourth child, told police: “Maybe I was thinking it was my fiancee. I was trying it on.”

He also told officers that the child had started crying during the attack, adding: “I told her it was a bad dream.”

Advocate depute Robert Anthony told the court that the victim’s mother had gone out for the evening.

Her husband was in the living room dozing and the door of the family home had been left open.

“The father became aware round about 10 at night that something was wrong when he heard screaming and crying coming from his daughter,” said Mr Anthony.

When he got to his daughter’s room he found McKie, who had been drinking heavily that day.

Defence solicitor-advocate John Scott said his client had a very limited recollection of what happened and was unable to explain the offence.

He only realised what had taken place when he was being interviewed by the police. McKie became extremely upset and started crying.

A psychiatrist decided that the first offender was sane and fit to plead, although he was of below average intelligence.

Lord Cameron told McKie that he had committed a serious offence and that drink was no excuse.

The judge ordered that McKie, who has been placed on the sex offenders’ register, should serve an 18-month extended sentence after his jail term, during which he can be recalled to prison.

The court heard that he had agreed to co-operate with any treatment available to him in Peterhead Prison.