Historic offences lead to court for Kerr

Paisley Sheriff Court - Pic by ''Kenny Williamson
Paisley Sheriff Court - Pic by ''Kenny Williamson

A former Barrhead resident who faced trial on charges of sexual offences against two young teenagers was found guilty last week.

Robert Kerr (56) carried out the assaults on the two girls, aged between 13 and 15 and who cannot be named for legal reasons, during July 1991 and November 1992.

Kerr was also facing further charges of sexually assaulting two other females between 2010 and 2014 when he appeared at Paisley Sheriff Court for trial last week.

The accused was eventually cleared of those alleged offences with a not proven verdict being handed down by the jury.

The court heard how Kerr committed ‘lewd, indecent and libidinous’ practices on two girls - who are now aged in their 30’s - within a property on Kilvaxter Drive, Thornliebank.

Members of the jury who heard the evidence during the trial discounted Kerr’s assertion that he had done nothing wrong preferring testimony from the two witnesses.

Sheriff Seith Ireland deferred sentence on Kerr in order that social work and other reports can be prepared before he returns to court again on July 12 for sentencing.