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Serial paedophile Andrew Blair given life sentence

High Court in Edinburgh
Image caption Blair was given a lifelong restriction order at the High Court in Edinburgh

A convicted paedophile who abused a young boy while serving a banning order preventing him approaching children, has been given a life sentence.

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

At the High Court in Edinburgh, Lord Hardie imposed an order for lifelong restriction on Blair, who has a 38-year history of offences against boys.

The judge ordered that he should serve at least six years in prison.

The order for lifelong restriction means Blair will only be released when the parole board considers it safe to do so, and he will remain under supervision for the rest of his life.

'Serious risk'

Imposing the order, Lord Hardie told Blair: "It is clear that you pose a real and serious risk to the public at large, particularly a section of the public which is especially vulnerable and which society has an obligation to protect, namely young children.

"In your case, your preference seems to be for young boys before they reach the age of puberty."

Lord Hardie said it was clear that Blair's abuse of the boy had a "significant" effect on the victim.

He added: "It is clear from your record your offending has escalated over the years."

Blair has eight previous convictions for similar offences and others for breaching orders designed to curb his sex offending.

Prior to his original 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.

Previous convictions

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

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.

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