Abuser ‘destroyed innocence of victims’

Richard Tattam
Richard Tattam

A paedophile who abused two girls in Creetown was jailed for four years this week after a judge accused him of destroying the innocence of his victims.

Richard Tattam, who avoided sentence three times this year due to administrative delays, was also told that he would remain on the sex offenders’ register for life.

Lady Scott told 45-year-old Tattam at the High Court in Edniburgh on Wednesday: “You have pled guilty to a sustained course of conduct involving the sexual abuse of two young children.”

The judge said he had further corrupted them by showing them pornography and buying sex toys.

Lady Scott told the first offender that he would have faced a six-year prison term but for his early guilty pleas.

Tattam, who lived with his family in Kirkinner and Creetown but who is originally from Buckinghamshire, earlier admitted indecency offences against the children from the ages of nine and 11.

One of the girls began self-harming following the abuse. Another victim repeatedly called Childline but hung up before divulging any information.

Tattam originally admitted the offences when he appeared at Stranraer Sheriff Court in February but was sent to the High Court because of its greater powers of sentencing by Sheriff Kenneth Robb.

Defence solicitor advocate Ranald Lindsay said: “It is a matter of deep disgust and shame to him.”

The court heard that Tattam had strong motivation to take part in programmes to make sure it did not happen again.

Mr Lindsay said he had been instructed by Tattam to express his apologies to the victims.