Glasgow & West Scotland

Serial child molester David Parr jailed for four years

A child molester who abused five girls between the ages of five and eleven has been jailed for four and a half years.

David Parr carried out the offences in the Renfrewshire area over a 19-year period between July 1990 and September 2009.

The 68-year-old from Linwood, Renfrewshire, was convicted of attempting to rape one girl and indecency offences towards four others.

Parr will also be placed on the sex offenders' register for life.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard that Parr had preyed on his first victim at addresses in Linwood and Paisley between July 1990 and July 1992 when she was aged between five and six. Parr rubbed himself against the girl and touched her.

He molested another child between May 1997 and May 1999 when she was aged between 10 and 11 in Johnstone and simulated sex with her.

Learning difficulties

He also tried to rape a nine-year-old at a house in Linwood on an occasion between June 2001 and June 2002. During a similar period he also molested a 12-year-old in the Renfewshire town.

Parr's final victim was aged between eight and nine when he touched her between August and September in 2009 in Linwood.

Defence counsel Louise Arrol told the court that Parr recognised the gravity of the offences, and had attended a school which had dealt with his learning difficulties.

Judge Lord Bannatyne said it was clear from reading a statement from one of Parr's victims that there had been "a major and long-term impact" on her.

The judge said: "There can be only one sentence in a case of this type and that is a significant custodial sentence."