Paedophile jailed by under fire judge
A paedophile who abused a seven-year-old girl for a year after befriending her mother on the internet has been jailed for life.
Neil Robertson was sentenced by Lord Reed, who caused controversy last week by sentencing a man who raped a baby to five years in prison.
At the High Court in Dunfermline, Lord Reed heard Robertson described as a dangerous psychopath who had had a sexual interest in pre-pubescent girls for 20 years.
He set a minimum term of six years before Robertson can be considered for parole.
Robertson, 37, from Troon, Ayrshire, admitted a catalogue of sexual offences against the young girl after he befriended her mother through an internet chat room.
He pretended to have been a pilot, a businessman and a psychologist to win over the woman's trust.
Within weeks, he was taking photographs of himself abusing her daughter.
Lord Reed heard a psychologist's report which said Robertson was highly likely to offend again.
Last week Lord Reed faced criticism after sentencing baby rapist James Taylor to five years in jail.
On Tuesday, he took 25 minutes to explain why Robertson deserved a life sentence.
He said Robertson presented a considerable danger to the public and should serve at least six years in jail.
He stressed it did not follow that he would be released then and it would be up to the parole board to decide when Robertson should be freed.
I'm glad he got life, but parole in six years....please. Every year this guy is out of prison is another year that he has a chance to harm children. I would hope for at least fifteen to twenty years before he is eligible for parole. Oh well, I guess we can count on some brilliant SAS23 posts coming in late 2009.