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Abuser used football tickets to buy victim's silence

A court has heard that a man took a schoolboy he abused to football matches in a bid to buy his silence.

Vincent Hill from Paisley abused the boy for four years, beginning when the victim was aged 12.

The 60-year-old, who pled guilty at the High Court in Glasgow to sexually and indecently assaulting the boy between 1998 and 2002, will be sentenced next month.

The abuse stayed hidden for 13 years, until the boy told police in 2013.

It was only in 2012 that the victim told his wife he had been sexually abused as a child, and it was a year later before he revealed Hill was the man responsible.

The offences were carried out at various addresses in Paisley, Inchinnan and Erskine in Renfrewshire.

'Profound effect'

The court heard that the victim first got to know Hill in 1997, when Hill worked as a market trader, selling computer games and consoles at a car boot market in Glasgow.

Prosecutor Shirley McKenna told how, in an attempt to keep the boy quiet, Hill would often take the boy to watch his favourite football team, Rangers.

The court also heard that the child lived a "chaotic life" - a factor Hill took advantage of.

Miss McKenna said the abuse had a "profound effect" on the victim, and had led to him attempting suicide and requiring counselling. It was said that this had led to an "impoverished" life.

The court heard Hill later sent a text to the victim claiming he wanted to "cut a deal" and that he would plead "guilty". Hill also claimed he was "sorry" and asked for the man to "forgive" him.

Judge Lady Scott remanded Hill in custody and deferred sentencing until 30 March at the High Court in Edinburgh.

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