Elderly ex-teacher’s sexual abuse sentence on hold because he has dementia

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A 90-year-old convicted sex offender has had his sentence deferred today at Edinburgh’s High Court after it was revealed that he has dementia.

John Pringle was due to be sentenced today for sexual abuse offenses which occurred over forty years ago.

The ex-teacher from Mull, was convicted on Thursday 19th October of sexually abusing two teens at an Arrochar camping trip.

Today his lawyer revealed that Pringle’s health is “deteriorating and a care package has been put in place for his dementia.”

Lord Summers deferred his sentence after saying that the next appropriate step would be to “call a social work assessment to see if he is a suitable for a supervisory sentence.”

Pringle’s next health assessment will be on Tuesday 5 December.

The offences were committed between April 1972 and January 1974, and were brought forward by the victims around the time that the Jimmy Saville sexual abuse revelations hit the media.

The former French teacher, who indecently assaulted the two teens after giving them alcohol and showing them pornography, was not present at his trial as he was deemed unfit.

Pringle was added to the sex offenders list and is due back in court on December 5th.