Mum ‘wanted to kill’ man accused of sexually abusing two of her children
The 50-year-old grandmother – who can’t be named for legal reasons – said she took pity on Alex Purdie and housed him when he was homeless
The 50-year-old grandmother – who can’t be named for legal reasons – told a jury how she felt after being told that Alex Purdie had allegedly abuse her disabled daughter and her son.
The court heard that the woman took pity on Mr Purdie and housed him when he was homeless.
But she was told last year that he had repaid her kindness by sexually abusing her daughter, then aged eight, and her son, aged 11.
She revealed to a jury at Livingston Sheriff Court that her eldest daughter didn’t like Purdie because she thought he was “creepy”.
But after living as part of her family for several years Purdie had grown close to the two other siblings. When he got his own flat in Whitburn, West Lothian, they regularly went to stay with him because “he always had sweets and juice”.
She said she had a lot of arguments with Mr Purdie because her son was “scared of Alex” but refused to discuss why.
She told the jury: “I wanted them with me 24/7 but I didn’t want to come across as the bad mum.” She also said her daughter – who suffered incontinence and even at 23 had the mental age of a young schoolgirl – needed nappies until she was aged 10 and couldn’t fasten them without help.
She said she had planned to invite Mr Purdie to a family party last year until her son, now in his 20s, dropped the bombshell that the accused had “touched him” during the overnight stays. She said her disabled daughter then told her that Mr Purdie had abused her as well.
She said: “I wanted to kill him. How would any parent feel? I felt I’d let my kids down.”
Giving evidence in his own defence, Mr Purdie denied having any physical or sexual contact with either child.
He also denied ever changing the girl’s nappy and claimed both children bathed and dried themselves when they stayed over at weekends and during school holidays.
He confirmed the youngsters’ claims that he bought in Swiss rolls and Mars Bars to give to them when they visited him. Purdie, 49, from Kyle of Lochalsh, Highland, has pleaded not guilty to two charges of lewd and libidinous practices involving the siblings at houses in West Lothian.
He denies repeatedly kissing the girl on her private parts when she was aged between five and 10 from July 1996 and July 2001.
He also denies inducing the girl’s 11-year-old brother to watch pornographic movies, removing his clothing while he was sleeping and touching him sexually between July 2000 and July 2001.
The trial continues.
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