Ten alleged victims of ‘sly sexual predator’ in Dundee and Fife give evidence in court

The High Court in Aberdeen
The High Court in Aberdeen

A pensioner has been accused of 19 charges of historical sexual misconduct against boys in Dundee and Fife.

Prosecutors described John Smith, 65, as a “sly sexual predator” who performed sexual activities on boys, touched them inappropriately and forced them to view pornographic material after intoxicating them with alcohol.

The incidents are alleged to have started in July 1985 and ended in March 2002 at two properties in Dundee, one in Newport-on-Tay and at a caravan park elsewhere in Fife.

During the course of the trial at the High Court in Aberdeen, the jury heard from 10 of Smith’s alleged victims.

Several claimed he gave them money not to tell anyone and also described waking up in bed to discover him performing sexual acts on them.

They also described being lured into properties through the promise of alcohol, a stereo system and darts.

While giving evidence, Smith claimed he did not own a caravan at the site in question.

As well as the 10 men who gave evidence, the case includes a man whom Smith is alleged to have indecently assaulted on one occasion between March 2001 and March 2002 but who died earlier this year. The jurors heard from the police officer who took his statement.

Advocate depute James Keegan said: “If you look at the evidence in this case, you will be left with a picture of a sly sexual predator.”

Defence counsel Neil Beardmore said the jury had to be convinced beyond reasonable doubt that his client was guilty. He said that as some of the victims knew each other, it was implausible that they would not have issued a warning.

Smith, of Denbrae Cottages in Logie, Fife, denies all the charges against him.

The trial, before Lord Burns, continues.