Whitecrook sex offender didn’t tell police he was using a new name
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.
“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.
Whitecrook pervert’s sick sex attacks on girl