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Serial paedophile Andrew Blair facing life sentence

High Court in Edinburgh
Image caption Blair faces a lifelong restriction order when he returns to court next month

A convicted paedophile who abused a young boy while serving a banning order preventing him approaching children, is facing a possible life sentence.

Andrew Blair, 56, carried out the abuse after luring the 10-year-old to his Glasgow flat last August.

He was due to be sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh after being convicted of the attack.

Sentence was deferred for a risk assessment to be carried out, pending a possible lifelong restriction order.

Prior to his trial at the High Court in Glasgow, Blair denied abusing the 10-year-old boy at a house in Cathcart but admitted breaching the terms of the sexual offences prevention order.

This was placed on him following a string of other sexual offences against children.

Report warnings

Blair was convicted of using lewd and libidinous practices towards the boy as well as a charge of attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

The court also heard he had three previous high court convictions for sex offences against children including a six-year jail term in 1994.

Blair was freed from prison, however, in May 2009 despite warnings that he may kill a child.

Child protection officials stated in a 2009 dossier that he remained a very high risk shortly before he was released.

The report told how he had previously spoken about Thomas Hamilton who killed 16 children and their teacher in Dunblane in 1996 and child killer, Steven Leisk.

Following his conviction, judge Lord Hardie sentenced Blair to four years in prison for breaching the banning order but deferred sentence on the abuse charge.

The judge asked for background reports and also questioned why Blair had been housed so close to a children's play area when released from his last prison sentence.

When Blair appeared for sentencing at the High Court in Edinburgh, Lord Hardie said a background report had suggested he was a danger to the community.

The judge deferred sentence again until July and called for a full risk assessment which would enable him to impose a life sentence - or order for lifelong restriction.

This would mean he would only be released when the parole board considers it safe to do so, and he would remain under supervision for the rest of his life.

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