Sex case sheriff demands answers

A child aged five was left standing alone by the side of a road after being dropped off from school transport, according to a councillor.

Gavin Logan says he reported the incident to education officials and told The Southern he’s not happy with the transport system used by Scottish Borders Council.

He went public just days after Sheriff Kevin Drummond hit out after it was revealed a school driver convicted of sexually assaulting a young girl had a 40-year-old previous conviction for lewd and libidinous behaviour – but still got work on school runs. The sheriff is demanding assurances from the local authority that it won’t happen again.

The two incidents are not linked. But Councillor Logan told us: “I am far from happy. A five-year-old is left standing alone after being set down and a school bus driver is convicted of a sexual assault on a girl – how can I be happy?”

At Selkirk Sheriff Court on Monday, Victor McMinn, 68, of Ferniehill Court, Kelso, was put on the Sex Offenders Register after being convicted by a jury of fondling a girl’s breasts at a house in the Borders. He was acquitted of an allegation of sexually assaulting a teenage girl on a school mini bus.

The council hasn’t commented on Councillor Logan’s claim, but said after Monday’s hearing: “We have reviewed our arrangements checking the background of individuals who drive council vehicles or those hired from private companies. Robust systems are in place to look at any historical information that comes to light.”