Claims of historic abuse heard at sheriff court

Reid is on trial at Falkirk Sheriff Court (picture by Lisa Ferguson)
Reid is on trial at Falkirk Sheriff Court (picture by Lisa Ferguson)

A retired policeman has gone on trial accused of sex offences against women and girls in Levenmouth, were he was based in the 1980s.

Iain Reid, a former member of Fife Constabulary, is alleged to have indecently assaulted three women, used lewd and libidinous practices towards a total of four girls aged between three and 16, abducted one of the girls when she was aged between three and six, and behaved in a disorderly manner towards two of the women, driving past the home address of one of them and repeatedly sending text and voicemail messages containing sexual remarks towards another.

The incidents are said to have taken place over a 21-year period – some of them in the police house in Buckhaven, where father-of-two Reid (66), now of Leven, lived in the 1980s.

He denies three charges of indecent assault; one charge of lewd and libidinous behaviour and abduction; five further charges of lewd and libidinous behaviour; and two charges of breach of the peace.

The incidents are alleged to have occurred between January 1, 1980 and September 30, 2001 at various locations in Buckhaven, Methil, Dunfermline and Leven.

Jurors were read a joint minute, which stated it was a matter of agreement that the alleged victims in the case had been able to identify Reid.

The trial, before Sheriff Craig Caldwell and jury, continued today (Tuesday) and was expected to last five days.