November 2019

Whitecrook sex offender didn’t tell police he was using a new name

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A pervert who was placed on the sex offenders register for historic offences against a child failed to tell police he was using an alias name.

Gianni Gradini was found guilty in 2013 of using lewd, indecent and libidinous practices towards an 11-year-old girl in 1987 and 1988.

Gradini, 64, should have been sentenced for a breach of the notification requirements of the Sexual Offences Act at Dumbarton Sheriff Court on Friday.

But his lawyer said Gradini, who formerly stayed in Whitecrook but is now living in Freelands Crescent in Old Kilpatrick, had suffered a diabetic seizure shortly before he was due to meet a social worker to have a background report prepared.

Gradini had previously pleaded guilty to failing without reasonable excuse to comply with the Act’s notification requirements – specifically by failing to notify police of his use of an alias, Ganna Del Greco, within three days.

The offence was committed on June 9, 2018.

Ann Lambie, defending, told Sheriff William Gallacher that Gradini had contacted her office to say he had been ill, and that Ms Lambie’s colleagues had passed on the information to West Dunbartonshire Council social workers.

But Sheriff Gallacher pointed out that Gradini had twice failed to comply with bail conditions in the past, and asked whether Gradini’s illness on that date had been vouched for.

Sheriff Gallacher said: “The question is whether I believe him – and the offence itself is one which troubles me.”

Addressing Gradini directly, the sheriff said: “This is an important matter. I gave thought to whether I needed to remand you in custody to have this report prepared, so don’t kid yourself that it’s not serious.”

Gradini was released on bail, and was also told to come back to court on November 29 to be sentenced.

August 2013

“My 25-year wait to see justice done”- says victim as man is jailed

A vile pervert who targeted an 11-year-old girl is set to spend his next birthday behind bars after he was finally made to pay for his sickening crimes.

Whitecrook man Gianni Gradini preyed on the vulnerable youngster on various occasions between 1987 and 1988 but was eventually brought to justice more than 25 years later following a trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court in June.

He will now spend his 58th birthday in jail after being found guilty of lewd, indecent and libidinous practices towards a young girl, which resulted in him being handed a jail sentence last week.

Speaking to the Post his brave victim said she feared other youngsters in the area may also have been targeted, adding: \”I’ve had to wait 25 years knowing what this man was like. He’s not sorry, he’s not remorseful. I’ve always believed in my gut he was a paedophile. I’ve always wanted to press charges, I’ve always wanted him to get done.\”

Gradini first began sexually abusing his victim when she was still at primary school. The girl told her family about his behaviour she was taken to the police station to report the matter.

But despite telling the authorities everything they were left powerless to act without a corroborating witness.

His victim added: \”It turned into sexual abuse when I was about 11. It was gradually getting worse, he would come in and put his hand under the cover and start touching me.

\”I remember thinking he’s wrong and I wasn’t the kind of kid to take it.

\”I remember being scared of him but I’m the type of person who faces their fears. I feel my family has been through enough but I believe there’s other children out there who have been affected.\”

For years Gradini thought he had got away with his crime but was again questioned by the authorities in 2011 after another witness, who he had previously confessed to, emerged and backed up his victim’s story.

However despite the evidence against him he denied the charges against him and forced his victim to tell all in court. His victim added: \”Even right up until the trial he was sitting laughing at me.\”

However the smirk was wiped from his face shortly afterwards when he was found guilty of abusing the girl and breaching his bail conditions which banned him from contacting any child under 16 unless the meeting was supervised by the social work department.

He was also placed on the sex offenders register and was last week jailed for five months.

July 2013

Whitecrook pervert’s sick sex attacks on girl

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A CLYDEBANK pervert who preyed on an 11-year-old girl has been brought to justice after more than 25 years.

Whitecrook man Gianni Gradini could now face a lengthy jail sentence after being found guilty of lewd, indecent and libedinous practices towards the youngster on various occasions between 1987 and 1988.

The girl reported the 57-year-old former bus driver’s sick actions to the authorities at the time but it has taken until now for him to be hauled before the courts and held accountable for his disturbing actions.

Last week Gradini’s victim said she feared other youngsters may have been targeted but spoke of her relief at the prospect of her abuser facing jail and added: “I’ve waited 25 years for this.”

Speaking about her ordeal days after Gradini was convicted following a trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court, his victim told the Post that he began sexually abusing her when she was still at primary school. When the brave youngster finally told her family about his behaviour she was taken to the police station to report the matter.

But despite telling the authorities everything they were left powerless to act without a corroborating witness. She added: “I’ve always wanted to press charges, I’ve always wanted him to get done. “It’s something I’ve always questioned myself why some children don’t speak up but I did.

I was always a confident child, I’m not scared to speak up and I remember thinking he was wrong and I wasn’t the kind of kid to take it. “I remember being scared of him but I’m the type of person who faces their fears. I knew he was wrong and wanted it to stop.”

But after years of Gradini thinking he had got away with his heinous crime he was again questioned by police in 2011 after another witness, who he had previously confessed to, stepped forward and backed up his victim’s story.

However despite the evidence against him, Gradini remained cocky and unfazed and forced his victim to re-live her ordeal.

She said: “Even right up until the trial he was sitting laughing at me. “For the first half hour of the procurator fiscal asking questions I was stressed but the minute he started laughing I had this anger come over me. “Don’t get me wrong, I was shaking but I was getting my point across and I felt confident.”

Following the recent trial Gradini was found guilty of abusing the girl. He was also convicted of breaching his bail conditions which banned him from having any contact with any child under the age of 16 unless it was supervised by the social work department and was placed on the sex offenders register – something which came as a huge relief to the woman he made suffer more than two decades ago.

She added: “I broke down, it was a release of emotion. It was a happy release, somebody had listened to me and done something about it. I still can’t believe has done something about it after all this time.”

Gradini’s victim has now gone public in a bid to encourage other youngsters who may have been abused by him to come forward.

She said: “I know there’s going to be other children coming forward. I think a lot of kids will come forward in Drumchapel. My friends said they used to see him hanging around with 15 and 16-year-old children around him.”

Gradini is now scheduled to appear in the dock again next month in order to hear his fate.