A judge told King at the High Court in Edinburgh yesterday: “I have determined there is no alternative to a custodial sentence.”
Lady Wolffe said she had to mark “society’s abhorrence” at such abuse towards girls who were vulnerable because of their age. The father-of-two had denied the offences but was convicted of three sex charges, although he was acquitted of a further charge of rape on a not proven verdict.
She said she had first reported the offending to police in 1997 and during evidence in court detailed some of the other abuse she had suffered as a child at the hands of King’s late father, Billy senior, his grandparents, her mother and other accomplices.
Ms Fowley, 36, told jurors how her mother was jailed for her part in the abuse along with others. A book on her experiences called How Could She? was later published.
She said King junior had come into her life because of his father and was aware of her age. She said she was aged about 12 and-a-half when she “chummed” him to his house in Granton and he started kissing her.
She told the court: “I think by the time I got to 12 nothing shocked me in life.” She said King went on to have intercourse with her.
Sales representative King, of Diamond Grove, Dunfermline, was convicted of sexually abusing her between August 1992 and June 1995 at houses in Edinburgh and Inverkeithing.
Commenting on the sentencing, a spokesman for NSPCC Scotland said: “We welcome the sentence. Abuse ruins childhoods and it’s vital adults and children who have been affected by abuse get the support they need rather than suffer in silence, as sadly so many do.
“As a result of the enormous bravery of these women in speaking out, King is now facing the consequences of his crimes. Child abuse allegations always need to be pursued. It is crucial that victims of abuse, however long after the crimes against them, have the confidence to speak out knowing that their allegations will be fully investigated.”
FIFE Paedophile jailed for sex abuse of girls 8 July 2016
A Fife paedophile who sexually abused young girls, including one who wrote a book about the abuse, has been jailed for five years.
William King, 52, raped a 12-year-old girl and forced another child to perform a sex act on him during years of abuse committed two decades ago.
King, from Dunfermline, was sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh.
The father-of-two had denied the offences but was convicted of three sex charges.
He was acquitted of a further charge of rape on a not proven verdict.
He was also found guilty of indecency towards a second girl who he preyed on from the age of seven until she was 10, from 1990 to 1994, at houses in Edinburgh and Inverkeithing, molesting her and forcing her to perform a sex act on him.
He had also been accused of raping the second victim, but was acquitted on that charge.
Lady Wolffe told him she had to mark “society’s abhorrence” at such sexual abuse committed over a number of years towards girls who were vulnerable because of their age.
Ms Fowley said outside the court: “I am delighted. I have been waiting 19 years for this.”
She said she had first reported the offending to police in 1997 and, during evidence in court, detailed some of the other abuse she had suffered as a child at the hands of her mother, King’s late father, Billy senior (Ms Fowley’s stepfather), his grandparents, and other accomplices.
She said: “There were more abuse days than normal days.”
She said Billy King began abusing her at the age of five.
Abuse by mother
Ms Fowley, 36, told jurors how her mother was jailed for her part in the abuse along with others. Caroline Dunsmore was 43 when she was sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2007.
John O’Flaherty was 50 when he was sentenced to 13 years and Morris “Mo” Petch was also 50 when he was given a life sentence the same year.
A book on her experiences called “How could she?” was later published.
The 32-year-old said the abuse had been “devastating” and added: “I never, ever forget. I live with this every single day.”
Defence counsel Ronnie Renucci challenged a background report prepared on King over a claim that the likelihood of his re-offending remained high. Read in full BBCNEWS