Police sergeant faces jail term for sex attacks

Kevin Storey's sexual abuse showed 'a clear course of conduct'
Kevin Storey's sexual abuse showed 'a clear course of conduct'
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A POLICE officer who carried out sex attacks on two women along with a string of assaults has been warned he faces a substantial prison sentence.

A judge yesterday refused to allow Kevin Storey to remain on bail after he was convicted of eight charges against three women and a child. Storey was remanded in custody.

Judge Paul Arthurson QC told the former Lothian and Borders sergeant: “These are extremely serious offences.”

And he warned Storey that because of the gravity of his crimes, it was almost inevitable he would be sent to jail when he returns to court next month.

First offender Storey, 48, from Melrose, had denied a string of charges, but was convicted at the High Court in Edinburgh of rape, attempted rape, indecent assault and assault, committed at various locations in the Borders.

One woman he sexually assaulted told jurors: “I would shout at him. I would say, ‘What are you doing, you dirty b*****d?’”

Another victim feared he was “untouchable” and spoke about him being a Freemason and a police officer.


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The woman said she had felt “used” by Storey and found some of his sexual practices “painful and disgusting”, the court heard.

Advocate depute Paul Kearney told jurors the Crown contended that Storey had subjected women to emotional, verbal and physical abuse, and that two victims were also sexually abused.

“You can be sure this was not three actresses who came to this court reading from an internal script,” he said.

Storey, he said, maintained that the allegations were false. But the prosecutor said there was “a clear course of conduct” over the physical abuse of ­victims.

Storey was found guilty of assaulting his first victim in 1989 at a house in Galashiels. He grabbed her, pushed out of the house and seized her by the neck.

A second woman, now aged 46, was assaulted at addresses in the Borders town during the 1990s and Storey also tried to rape her.

She said she was shocked by what Storey did to her.

The woman said he was physically abusive and would seize her by the neck and push her. He verbally abused her, calling her a “f***ing slapper”.

She told the court: “I wasn’t feeling very good about myself. I really stopped enjoying my life.”

A third woman, now aged 41, was also subjected to abuse and violence which began in the 1990s.

She was raped and indecently assaulted by Storey.

The court heard Storey threw coins at one of the women and flicked his boots at her.

During one assault, he pinned her against a cooker in a house and rained blows down on her.

Mr Kearney told the jury: “She told you she started to think he was not going to stop this time, but he did.”

The woman was also struck on the foot with a belt and thrown on to a bed and punched and kicked.

One victim told the court that Storey had gone to anger management.

He was also found guilty of assaulting a two-year-old boy by shouting and grabbing him by his clothing. Defence counsel Shelagh McCall said a background report would be required on Storey ahead of sentencing, given his lack of previous offending.

She asked the judge to allow him to remain on bail for the preparation of the report, but this was rejected.

He was also placed on the sex offenders’ register.


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