‘Just throw away the key’

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A PARENT whose child was abused by a Buckhaven babysitter has described how he put his victims through “absolute hell”, reports MAGGIE MILLAR.

On Thursday, Peter Jack (37) was found guilty of subjecting four children to abuse spanning more than a decade.

Sickeningly, one of the youngsters was just a three-year-old when he started abusing her.

“The girls have been through absolute hell – no words can describe it,” said an anguished parent.

“What makes it worse is that people challenged them and didn’t believe them.”

Families had been through a “rollercoaster” of emotions over the last year-and-a-half as the case came to trial.

And the parent revealed that Jack had been given an opportunity to escape a trial altogether if he had shown remorse for the emotional and physical torment and trauma he had put the children through.

“All the victims wanted was for him to say sorry and admit what he had done,” added the parent.

“He didn’t and it ended up going to court.”

The court heard that Jack had targetted young girls in Levenmouth from 1993 until 2003. They all endured repeated abuse at the babysitter’s hands, most over a course of years.

Relatives sitting in court were staggered at how Jack behaved.

“He sat motionless throughout the trial, even when the jury stood up and said ‘guilty’,” said one.

“Knowing what you know, you want to see some sort of reaction, but I believe he has no conscience at all.”

Those same families watched on tenterhooks as the jury at Perth High Court delivered its verdict.

“The relief in the court that day when he was found guilty was euphoria,” said the parent.

“The victims are just glad that justice was done and hope that people who doubted them now know the truth.”

Jack is due to be sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh on May 4.

“To me, they should just throw away the key,” said the parent.

“The only good thing to come out of this is that vulnerable young people out there are now protected from this man.

“As for the victims, maybe now they have a chance to start a normal life.”

COURT REPORT

Young girls assaulted over 10-year spell

By a Court Reporter

malnews@fifetoday.co.uk

A BUCKHAVEN man was found guilty by a jury on Thursday of subjecting four children to abuse spanning more than a decade.

Peter Jack (37) is due to be sentenced next month after being found guilty of seven charges of serious sexual assault against the young girls.

Following a trial at the High Court in Perth, the jury found Jack guilty of abusing four girls, one of whom was just three years old when he started indecently assaulting her.

He was convicted on six counts of using lewd, indecent and libidinous practices, and one of assault with intent to rape.

Jack was remanded in custody by Lord Doherty after making no motion for bail.

He was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register and will be sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh on May 4.

Several of his victims wept and mouthed “thank you” to jury members after they found him guilty of a course of abuse lasting from 1993 until 2003.

He was found guilty of abusing one girl from her third birthday until she was seven, at a number of addresses in the Leven area.

Jack was also found guilty of sexually assaulting a six-year-old girl with intent to rape her on one occasion, while repeatedly using lewd practices on her over a five-year period.

Jack, who had no previous convictions, was also found guilty of three charges of sexual assault against a third girl between August 1993, when she was aged 10, and December 1998.

The fourth victim, who was 15 at the time, was found to have been the subject of several sex attacks by Jack in Methil between July 2002 and July 2003.

The court was told Jack, who was in full-time employment, had been a babysitter.

He had initially faced 14 charges, but seven were dropped by the Crown during the trial.