Man jailed after 24 years of abuse against women and children


A man who carried out a horrific catalogue of abuse on women and children over 24 years has been jailed for life.

Colin Gillies went on trial at Aberdeen Sheriff Court last year, facing 20 charges.

They included assaulting three women and a child to the danger of their lives at properties in Inverbervie, Aberdeen and Turriff.

The offences happened between 1990 and 2014.

A jury found him guilty of 18 of the violent offences after deliberating for less then two hours, and the case was referred to the High Court in Edinburgh due to its severity.

And yesterday, judge Lady Carmichael jailed the 52-year-old for at least 39 months – but warned there was was no guarantee he would be released after that.

She placed him on a lifelong restriction order, which means he would only be released from prison if it was deemed safe to allow him to…

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