‘Barbaric’ dad drops appeal

LESLEY DONALD PHOTOGRAPHY. KENNETH BLAIR IS TAKEN FROM EDIN HIGH COURT TODAY TO START HIS 15 YR SENTENCE SEE STY
LESLEY DONALD PHOTOGRAPHY. KENNETH BLAIR IS TAKEN FROM EDIN HIGH COURT TODAY TO START HIS 15 YR SENTENCE SEE STY

A FORMER Cupar firefighter who subjected his family to a ‘barbaric’ 20 year ordeal of violence, fear and depravity, has abandoned his attempt to get his 15 year prison sentence cut.

Kenneth Blair (66) was jailed in September - just after it was announced that police were taking another look at the 1968 death of his baby son in Dundee.

He was expected to appear at the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh on Wednesday for his legal team to argue the sentence imposed by judge Lady Stacey was too severe.

ABANDONED

Instead, court officials were told his appeal against sentence had been abandoned and the case did not call in court.

In September, Blair admitted a catalogue of cruelty towards his wife, and another son and daughter spanning almost 20 years.

The court heard how the terrified youngsters were punched, kicked and thrashed with a leather belt with a heavy buckle.

After the court heard details of Blair’s brutal reign at a number of addresses in Fife between September 1967 and May 1986, defence QC Herbert Kerrigan admitted the conduct was “barbaric.”

Jailing Blair Lady Stacey said: “You have pled guilty to charges which show that you have subjected your family to violence, depravity and fear.”

Blair, who has a record of convictions for sex with underage girls, also admitted rape and attempted rape.

He is also the father of Colin Blair who died in 1968, just six weeks after his birth.

Days before his court appearance, Tayside Police’s major crime review team announced that they were looking again at the case, a move which could lead to the tragic tot’s body being exhumed for further tests.

PREGNANT

A spokesman for the force said this week the review of the available evidence was still on-going, but stressed it was a “review” and not a crime investigation.

Blair had been accused of assaulting his then wife, Isabella, now 60, when she was pregnant with Colin, but the allegation was dropped.

He pleaded guilty to repeatedly slapping, punching and kicking her, pulling her by the hair, striking her head against a door, hitting her with a belt and pushing her downstairs on other occasions.

Blair also admitted raping a 12-year-old girl - who cannot be identified for legal reasons - attempting to rape her on another occasion and sexually molesting her.