Nine years for Kirkcaldy sex abuser who showed no remorse to his young victims

High Court in Edinburgh
High Court in Edinburgh

Justice 30 years after appalling attacks

A Kirkcaldy man has been jailed for nine years after he was brought to justice for sex crimes committed more than three decades ago.

Ronald Smith (71), sexually assaulted a boy and raped a girl three times in the 1970s in his hometown.

A judge told Smith at the High Court in Edinburgh: “It is no exaggeration to say that what you did to each of them has cast a long, dark shadow over their lives for many years.”

Lord Pentland said it was clear from the evidence in the case and a victim impact statement one of them had provided that they had “suffered gravely”.

The judge said that Smith must have thought as the years passed that his abuse would not be uncovered and told him: “You have now, at last, been brought to justice.”

“You have expressed no remorse or empathy for your victims. Society has an abhorrence of the sexual abuse of children,” said the judge.

Lord Pentland told Smith: “It is clear the court must take a very serious view of these offences.

“The jury convicted you after trial of a number of serious offences of sexually abusing two children in the 1970s.”

The judge pointed out that boy victim was a number of years younger than Smith and had looked up to him and the girl was “highly vulnerable”.

Lord Pentland said he accepted that Smith had no previous convictions and had been of good character since the offences were committed.

He told him he would be on the sex offenders’ register for the rest of his life.

Lord Pentland earlier told jurors at Smith’s case that it had been “a harrowing a distressing trial”.

Smith, a first offender, of Dunearn Drive, had denied charges of sexual assault, rape and assault with intent to rape but was found guilty of four offences.

One victim of the sex abuser told the court: “I have had to suppress this for 44 years.”

The 58-year-old described the abuse he suffered from Smith as “horrible” and “painful”.

The man estimated he was 13 or 14 when he was targeted by Smith.

Smith also raped a girl aged between seven and 11 on three occasions at a house in Kirkcaldy between 1975 and 1979.

Defence counsel Shelagh McCall said a background report prepared on Smith had raised some medical issues he has, but Lord Pentland said he had to proceed on the basis that he would receive proper medical care in the prison system.