Tayside and Central Scotland

Ex-Scout leader told 'sell car' for compensation payout

David McDonald
Image caption David McDonald admitted abusing three boys in his Scout troop

A paedophile Scout leader has been ordered to sell his car and cash in his shares portfolio so he can start paying compensation to his victims.

A sheriff told David McDonald to start the sell-off immediately and warned him to be prepared to empty his bank account as well.

The 78-year-old, from Coupar Angus, earlier admitted abusing members of his troop in the town up to 40 years ago.

The three victims were aged between 11 and 15 when they were abused.

Sheriff Lindsay Foulis noted that McDonald had about £15,000 of "realisable assets" and told him he should have the full sum ready to hand over in a month's time.

Perth Sheriff Court also heard that McDonald was prepared to take out a new loan on his home to secure funds which would help him avoid being sent to prison.

Sheriff Foulis deferred sentence to the start of May and told McDonald's solicitor Rosemary Scott that she should have the assets cashed for handing over at that stage.

Repeated abuse

He said: "My primary concern is that the victims can receive some monetary recognition for what they have gone through. Thereafter I will deal with the imposition of a fine."

McDonald admitted sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy in the back of his estate car while camping during 1968.

He admitted carrying out the same serious sexual abuse on another boy in his car outside the Scout hut in Coupar Angus, Perth and Kinross, during the following year.

And he admitted that on various occasions in 1970 and 1971, in Tullybaccart, Newtonmore and Coupar Angus, he repeatedly sexually abused a third member of the troop.

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