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ROCK STAR'S PERV DAD CAGED; Paedophile gets four years.

Byline: By Ian Sharp

THE father of Big Country star Stuart Adamson was jailed yesterday for four years for sexually abusing three children.

William Adamson, 67, carried on his perverted campaign against two girls and a boy, who were then aged between seven to 10, over a six-year period from 1997.

One of the girls was abused up to 150 times in the bedroom and the computer room of her home in Fife.

At the High Court in Glasgow, Lord Carloway told Adamson: 'It was a very serious and systematic abuse of the children.'

The retired naval engineer, of Tullibody, Clackmannanshire, has been hounded out of two homes by locals since being charged.

He admitted fondling the children underneath and on top of their clothes and carrying out other sexual acts.

He also admitted showing one of the girls a porno clip of men and women having sex.

Adamson's rock star son Stuart had a string of hits in the 70s and 80s with the Skids and Big Country. But the alcoholic star was found hanged in a Hawaii hotel room in 2001.

An earlier hearing was told by Mark Stewart, prosecuting, that Adamson came into the computer room and told the child he had a 'new game she would like and showed the girl the pornographic disc'.

In October 2001, the girl said to Adamson about the abuse: 'I don't want you to do this any more.' He said to her: 'I won't if that's what you want.'

The paedophile swore the child to secrecy and she was too scared to tell anyone what was happening.

Mr Stewart said: 'She later described being worried, scared, and feeling sick at what was happening.'

He said that Adamson had also abused the girl's elder sister and her younger brother.

The abuse came to light when the children's mother overheard a phone conversation between Adamson and the boy in which the youngster told his abuser 'mum says you're to stop mucking about with me'.

Gordon Martin, defending, told the court after Adamson was confronted by the mother of the victim he contacted the police himself.

After being interviewed by them, he tried to commit suicide.

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JAILED: Adamson admitted abusing three children; TRAGIC: Star Stuart killed himself
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