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Ex-coach jailed for abusing teen boy.

Byline: JILLY BEATTIE reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk

A PAEDOPHILE who preyed on a young footballer has been jailed for three years and nine months.

Former kitman and coach Jim McCafferty admitted eight counts of abusing a boy in Belfast while the victim was aged between 14 and 16.

McCafferty lived in Glasgow before moving to Northern Ireland and previously worked at Celtic, Hibernian and Falkirk, and coached at youth clubs in West Lothian.

The 72-year-old had initially pled not guilty to a series of sexual offences against the boy over a threeyear period beginning in December 2012. But he changed his plea to guilty on the day the trial began at Belfast Crown Court in May.

Sentencing him yesterday, Judge Patricia Smyth told the pervert: "You abused trust placed in you by the boy's family... assaulting him in your home and his home."

She said McCafferty continued to regard his behaviour as having been "a bit of fun for the victim".

The court previously heard the pensioner became a close and trusted friend of his victim's family after meeting his mother at a football match when the boy was about eight.

I pray for my brave Bruce Legendary entertainer's wife Wilnelia reveals how the star struggles to walk after life-saving op see page 12&13 At times, he looked after the child in his family home and in his own flat and he regularly gave the boy and his family gifts.

McCafferty, who has spent 18 months in prison on remand, will serve half of his sentence in jail and the remainder on licence.

After sentencing, the victim's mother said: "This has been an incredibly tough two years for my family.

"However, although extremely harrowing, my son knows that taking the difficult decision to report this abuse was the right choice for him to make and today we have seen his abuser brought to justice."

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Date:Aug 14, 2018
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