November 2019

Crying female paedophile jailed after bawling ‘I’m not a beast’ in the dock

A woman who sexually abused two young children but screamed ‘I’m not a beast’ has been locked up for three years.

Samantha Smith, 30, repeatedly preyed on a boy aged five and a three-year-old girl at a house in East Kilbride and was sentenced today at Hamilton Sheriff Court.

The abuse continued until the boy was eight and the girl five.

The alarm was first raised in 2012 when the girl revealed Smith had touched her inappropriately and also abused her using a book and a wrapper from a packet of sweets.

A police investigation was launched but it was decided there was insufficient evidence to pursue a prosecution.

However, the boy, who suffers from autism, revealed in 2017 that Smith had targeted him.

He later fled his home in the aftermath of a police interview and sparked a missing person hunt. The terrified youngster was later found cowering in a bush.

Smith, of Blantyre, Lanarkshire , went on trial at Hamilton Sheriff Court where she denied any wrongdoing between November 2009 and June 2014.

A jury took an hour to convict her of sexually abusing the youngsters at a house in East Kilbride.

At her previous hearing Smith wept hysterically in the dock and shouted ‘I’m not a beast’ as the guilty verdicts were returned against her.