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The Scotsman accused of child rape and sexual assault took his own life before the trial

A MAN charged with a catalog of sex crimes against children took his own life on the day he was due to stand trial.

Steven Marchmont, 32, was found dead at the home he shared with father George in remote Golspie, Sutherland.

Steven Marchmont took his own life

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Steven Marchmont took his own life

He had waited more than two years for the date and his family had lashed out at the time it took to break through the Covid-hit justice system.

His four alleged victims, who are now adults, also made fun of the delays.

A close family member, speaking on her behalf, said: “There are no winners.

“None of us are happy that someone has taken their own life.

“But the prosecutors feel robbed of their only chance of ever getting justice.

It’s like Steven had the last laugh.

“It should have come to court much sooner.”

The alleged victims first went to police in 2019 and Steven appeared in court in January the following year.

He faced ten charges, including one for rape and three for indecent assault and lewd conduct.

He made no objection at the time and was released on bail.

He later pleaded not guilty and the case was brought before the High Court in Inverness.

Witnesses were told to be in court last Monday but were later told the case would never go ahead because Steven had died.

The family member said: “Prosecutors are concerned they will never get away because there was never a verdict.

They worry about what everyone is saying about them.”

Steven’s sister Jenny Nichols, 32, revealed the allegations turned him into a recluse.


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She said: “We live in a small village where you are guilty until proven innocent. Everyone had made their decision. He hasn’t left the house for two and a half years. This isn’t life.

“There is no doubt in my mind that he was an innocent man.

“That’s why it ate him alive. He was afraid.

“It’s more than tragic.

“We shouldn’t sit here and wait for the undertaker to arrive and plan his funeral.

“We shouldn’t be doing any of that.”

A spokesman for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service: “The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the justice system, particularly the ability to advance jury trials, has been significant.

“COPFS understands it has been a difficult time for those involved in this case and the unfortunate circumstances that have led to the end of this proceeding.”

A police spokesman said: “At around 11.05am on Monday 7 March officers were called to Sutherland Road, Golspie, where a 32-year-old man was pronounced dead.

“There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and a report will be forwarded to the Attorney General for Finance.”

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Bobby Allyn

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