Paedophile jailed for five years after catalogue of abuse

Dana Fowley wrote a book on the years of abuse she suffered at the hands of a paedophile ring including William King. Picture: Bill Henry
Dana Fowley wrote a book on the years of abuse she suffered at the hands of a paedophile ring including William King. Picture: Bill Henry

A man who preyed on young girls, including one who went on to write a book about the horrific childhood abuse she suffered, has been jailed for five years.

William King had sexual intercourse with a 12-year-old girl and forced another underage child to perform oral sex on him during years of abuse committed two decades ago.

A judge told King, 52, at the High Court in Edinburgh: “I have determined there is no alternative to a custodial 

Lady Wolffe told him she had to mark “society’s abhorrence” at such sexual abuse committed over a number of years towards girls who were vulnerable because of their age.

The father-of-two had denied the offences but was convicted of three sex charges, although he was acquitted of a further charge of rape on a not proven verdict.

One of the victims, Dana Fowley, earlier said outside the court: “I am delighted. I have been waiting 19 years for this.”

She said she had first reported the offending to police in 1997 and during evidence in court detailed some of the other abuse she had suffered as a child at the hands of King’s late father, Billy senior, his grandparents, her mother and other accomplices.

She said: “There were more abuse days than normal days.” She said her step-father, Billy senior, began abusing her at about the age of five. “He was raping me,” she said.

Ms Fowley, 36, told jurors how her mother was jailed for her part in the abuse along with others. Caroline Dunsmore was aged 43 when sentenced to 12 years in 2007. John O’Flaherty was aged 50 when he was sentenced to 13 years and Morris ‘Mo’ Petch was also 50 when he was given a life sentence the same year.

She said: “It all came out in dribble drabbles. Eventually it all came out and that was it, I went to the police.”

A book on her experiences called How Could She? was later published.

She said King junior had come into her life because of his father and was aware of her age. She said she was aged about 12 and a half after she “chummed” him to his house in the Granton area of Edinburgh and he started kissing her.

“I think by the time I got to 12 nothing shocked me in life,” she told the court. She said King went on to have intercourse with her. “He told me this might hurt a wee bit and had sex with me.”

“This was just a normal day to me,” she said.

She said King junior would phone and make arrangements to meet her and would take her to his house or out in the car.

“I wasn’t screaming and bawling, but I was only 12,” she told advocate depute Shanti Maguire. “He would tell me he was leaving his wife for me. He told me he loved me. He gave me a ring.” She described the behaviour as “perfect grooming”.

She said on one occasion his wife had phoned and King junior was out of breath, but he had claimed he had to run up the road for cat food.

Sales representative King, of Diamond Grove, Dunfermline, in Fife, was convicted of sexually abusing her between August 1992 and June 1995 at houses in Edinburgh and Inverkeithing and having unlawful sexual intercourse with her as a 12-year-old child.