Man accused of indecently assaulting teenager at Celtic Park ‘suffering from dementia’


A man who allegedly indecently assaulted a teenager at Celtic Park and another at the club’s former training ground is suffering from dementia.

Francis Cairney, 86, is said to have committed the crimes against the two boys between July 1978 and December 1988.

Cairney, of Uddingston, Lanarkshire, was due to go on trial at the beginning of next week.

He had his attendance excused at yesterday’s pre-trial hearing.

Cairney continued to plead not guilty. His lawyer Jim McParland said: “By arrangement with the Crown, he is not present.

“There is a joint motion to continue this pre-trial hearing until next week.

“By way of background, he is suffering from dementia.

“The scan has been taken but that’s not been given to the NHS consultant.”

Sheriff Tony Kelly set a new pre-trial heading for next week in which Cairney’s attendance will be excused.

Cairney had his bail continued meantime.

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