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Restriction order for serial offender from Edinburgh

A serial offender who was found guilty of a string of historical attacks against children has been given an Order for Lifelong Restriction at the High Court in Edinburgh.

A serial offender who was found guilty of a string of historical attacks against children has been given an Order for Lifelong Restriction at the High Court in Edinburgh.

John Bermingham, from Edinburgh, was told he must serve a minimum punishment term of four years before he can be considered for parole.

Following a trial at the High Court in Edinburgh in May, the 54-year-old was convicted of five charges including lewd, indecent and libidinous practices against three children and assault to injury against a woman.

His youngest victim was 8-years-old.The offences took place between 1999 and 2001 at addresses in Edinburgh and Loch Lomond.

Procurator Fiscal for High Court Sexual Offences Fraser Gibson said:

“John Bermingham’s crimes have had a profound impact on the lives of his victims. I hope the sentence imposed today will go some way towards helping them come to terms with what has happened.

“This complex investigation demonstrates our commitment to prosecuting sexual offences, whenever they occurred.

“I would encourage any victims of sexual crimes to come forward and report them in the confidence they will be treated with professionalism and sensitivity by the police and our expert prosecutors.”