A FIFTY eight year old man from Lerwick who sexually abused two young girls in the 1980s and 1990s has been sent to prison for five years.
Alan Scollay, whose address was given as 33 Grodians, appeared from custody at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday to learn his fate after previously admitting a string of charges against a girl aged between 5 and 10, and another aged 11.
Sheriff Philip Mann said at the case’s last hearing in December that he had been considering referring the case to the High Court, such was the seriousness of the offences.
Scollay previously pled guilty to targeting one girl between 1 January 1994 and 31 December 1999 at two addresses in Shetland.
The 58 year old used a video camera to film some of the abuse and forced his victim to watch adult pornography with him.
The victim only came forward now out of fear he might abuse in the future.
The court also heard that Scollay abused a girl aged 11 between 1 October 1982 and 7 February 1983 at a separate address, at one point locking himself into a Wendy house with his victim and another infant.
Defence agent Tommy Allan admitted he had “no mitigation” to offer as there was “no excuse” for Scollay’s actions.
The solicitor did say that his client had a “willingness to deal with his attitudes to that sort of behaviour” and was prepared to “tackle” his issues.
He added that the offences have caused Scollay a “great deal of guilt” and that Scollay acknowledges he has “hurt his victims very badly”.
Sheriff Mann concluded by stating the offences were of the “utmost seriousness” and have caused the two women to “suffer greatly”.
He sentenced Scollay to four years in jail for the offences carried out in the 1990s.
Sheriff Mann jailed Scollay for a further year for the abuse that took place in the 1980s.
The sheriff also gave Scollay an extended sentence of five years to enable him to take advantage of support available upon his release from prison.