Pervert groomed two young boys

By Paul Thornton

ANGRY relatives of two teenage boys screamed abuse at an old age predator in court after hearing how he had groomed the pair by plying them with drink before sexually abusing them at his home.

Joseph Johnstone, 67, snared one 15-year-old victim by inviting him in for tea and biscuits in May last year.

He then targeted his friend of the same age after being introduced later.

The paedophile originally told cops that the boys were PSYCHIC and that he was interpreting their dreams.

And even after the distraught children told what was going on the sick pervert insisted they had asked him to perform sex acts on them.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard how he had built up a relationship with the youngsters by showing them porn, feeding them booze and finally abusing them.

Johnstone was caught after one of the boy’s worried mums turned-up at his home and found her son in his lair.

Vile Johnstone was slapped on the sex offenders register after he admitted two charges of committing an act of gross indecency with a child.

The offences were committed between May 1 and June 20 at his home in Edinburgh’s Gracemount area.

Fiscal depute Melanie Ward told the court how Johnstone pedalled his Captain’s Drive home in Edinburgh as a hang-out for youngsters.

Miss Ward said that around May last year the first boy met Johnstone as he was doing deliveries in the area and the pensioner invited him into his home.

She said: “After a while the accused invited him in for 10 minutes at a time to offer tea, biscuits and so on.

“After a while that moved on to alcohol.

“It appeared to the boy that he was friends to the now accused and he would visit often and other youths would visit.”

She explained how the second boy was introduced by the first, lured by treats.

She said: “They both went to visit to have the tea and biscuits and whatever. There is this building up of a relationship between this 67-year-old man and these 15-year-old boys.”

Miss Ward said that after gaining their trust, Johnstone then began showing them porn and eventually abusing them.

She said: “On one occasion in May last year when both the complainers attended at the address the accused supplied them with alcohol to the extent that they became quite drunk.

“On this occasion the accused took both children upstairs into one of the bedrooms and showed them films of a pornographic nature.

“The complainer in charge two began to feel unwell and left the room and went downstairs leaving Mr Johnstone and the complainer in charge one together in the bedroom.”

Miss Ward said at this point Johnstone performed a sexual act on the drink-addled youngster before carrying out an almost identical attack on the second boy two days later.

She added: “This all came to light on June 20 last year as the mother of the second boy was under the impression that her son was staying overnight at a friend’s house and she then tried to contact him at the address that she thought he was staying at.

“Of course he was not and she was then informed that he was at Mr Johnstone’s address.

“She then went with another person to that address and eventually the accused let them in and she found her son lying on one of the beds there.”

The horrified mum called in police and the children were able to tell the police everything.

Miss Ward said that since the incidents one of the boys said he wanted to kill himself.

She said: “It is quite clear that both parents are extremely distressed in relation to this incident and as I understand it the complainer in charge one has expressed suicidal thoughts.

“Both these children do have vulnerabilities in addition to their age.”

After Johnstone was caught, the bleating pervert blamed the lads themselves during interviews with police.

Miss Ward said: “The accused was then interviewed where he admitted knowing that both of the boys were 15 years of age.

“He claimed that both were psychic and that one of the complainers would come to visit and Mr Johsntone would explain what his dreams meant.

“He initially stated that nothing of a sexual nature had occurred but he did admit that he had supplied them with alcohol.”

But when asked about the pornography and the sex, Johnstone admitted what had went on but insisted the boys had asked him to abuse them.

Miss Ward said: “He stated that it was the boys who had asked to see this (the porn).

“He then also admitted that he had performed oral sex on the complainers in charge one and charge two but he stated that both the boys had requested this.”

Johnstone’s lawyer, Paul Dunne said he would wait until sentencing to speak on his client’s behalf.

But Sheriff Alistair Noble warned him that the offences were serious but continued Johnstone’s bail while reports into his background are prepared.

Sheriff Noble said: “Obviously the gravity of the charges is self evident.”

Johnstone was bailed before sentence next month amid angry shouts from the boys’ families who were escorted from the court in tears while police officers led the pervert out a back door.

Now living in Erskine Way, Shotts, he was placed on the sex offenders register.


  1. As a resident of erskine way I am disgusted that this monster is staying next to me, my husband and our 2 sons and there is nothing we can do or say to change it! He is NOT welcome

  2. As above we are also residents of erskine way shotts, i was completely horrified when i discovered that this beast had been allowed to reside only a few doors away. Having a 6 year old daughter and living in a quiet cul-de-sac full of children i cant help but wonder why he was allowed to be placed here. Having discussed this matter with local police i discovered that we have no rights to be informed of the whereabouts of any paedophile’s regardless weather it be in a neibourhood full of children, as this would be a “BREACH OF THERE HUMAN RIGHTS” I feel these animals should not have any rights following committing such a disgusting and sick offence. There surely should be some law or right that we be informed where these beasts are being placed.

  3. Im also a resident of this street and have a 10 yr old son,and iam totally disgusted that we have 2 stay beside this monster!!!!! Its a DISGRACE that he has been placed next to familys…We want him out

  4. just checked edinburgh court case due up on 18th may for joseph johnstone hope paper going to be there and let us know whats happening with this beast…. court rm 19

  5. just found out that this animal was sentenced to ONLY 8 months in prison, so we’ll be lucky if he serves half of it and he`l be classed as a reformed man. god how i love our justice and law service. Its terrifying when you start to read into these cases. The parole board is the most frightening to read about . Do a bit of research on the net to discover how much as parents we are supported by our legal services etc its shocking!!!!!

  6. […] Joseph Johnstone, 67, claimed that growing up in a time when homosexuality was frowned upon skewed his understanding of normal behaviour. […]

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