Febuary 2012

Sex beast who fled America is locked up for attacking girl aged 13 in Scotland

A SEX offender branded one of the most dangerous men in Scotland was yesterday jailed for 42 months.

John Nicoll had fled America after being locked up for a sexual attack on a 10-year-old.

But before Scottish police could warn the public about him, he abused a 13-year-old after giving her booze.

At Perth Sheriff Court, 29-year-old Nicoll admitted the attack at a house in the town. He also admitted turning up at a court hearing with a lock knife.

Nicoll was born to Scottish parents in Germany in February 1982 and the family moved to North Carolina.

But his parents split up, with his dad moving to Perth and Nicoll staying with his mother in the US.

In August 2004, he broke into a house and sexually assaulted the 10-year-old girl while she was sleeping.

Nicoll was caged and was placed on their sex offenders’ register for 30 years.

When he was freed from prison in 2008, he used his dual nationality to flee to Britain and join his father at his home in Perth.

A year later, worried police became aware that Nicoll was in Scotland and they considered him so dangerous they won an application to have his US sex offender status adopted in the UK – the first ruling of its kind.

But Nicoll had already subjected the 13-year-old to a sickening sexual attack.

He lured several underage girls into his home in July 2009 and plied them with strong alcohol.

He then pounced on his victim after her friends left the room to be sick. The attack only came to light in October 2010.

Nicoll was jailed for 27 months for the sex attack and 15 months for having the knife. He was also given 27 months’ supervision after he is released.