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Alistair Findlay was sentenced to life after preying on youngsters at a former children’s home.

The paedophile had previously been convicted for being in possession indecent images of children and abusing boys during swimming lessons. 

The Daily Record reports the 61-year-old preyed on five youngsters at the facility in Glasgow in the 1970s and 80s. 

Findlay was just two years into a life sentence when he died in Barlinnie. It is believed he died of natural causes.

A spokesman for the Scottish Prison Service confirmed the news in a statement and said a Fatal Accident Inquiry is likely to take place in due course.

 

The paedophile had previously been convicted for being in possession indecent images of children and abusing boys during swimming lessons. 

The Daily Record reports the 61-year-old preyed on five youngsters at the facility in Glasgow in the 1970s and 80s. 

Findlay was just two years into a life sentence when he died in Barlinnie. It is believed he died of natural causes.

A spokesman for the Scottish Prison Service confirmed the news in a statement and said a Fatal Accident Inquiry is likely to take place in due course.

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Findlay was initially prosecuted following allegations made by residents of the Park Lodge children’s home in Glasgow’s Newlands – but cleared in 1984. 

In 2018 police launched a new investigation into abuse claims at the children’s home, which closed in 2008.

He was found guilty of seven charges after a trial.

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Previously Findlay was jailed for six years in 1999 for trying to lure a 10-year-old girl into a paedophile ring.

He was sentenced to three years for having indecent images of children in 2004.

In 2016 he was imprisoned for two years after being convicted of abusing the boys during swimming lessons.

The Glasgow Live reports Alistair Findlay was described as an “odious individual” following his trial at the High Court in Glasgow. He was ordered to serve at least four and a half years and given a lifelong restriction order.

A Police Scotland spokesperson told the Daily Record: “Around 5pm on Friday, February 12 officers were made aware of the death of a 61-year-old man in HMP Barlinnie.

“A post mortem examination will be carried out in due course however the death is not being treated as suspicious. A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.”

Additional reporting Alan McEwen and Tara Fitzpatrick

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