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Tuesday, 3 July, 2001, 12:07 GMT 13:07 UK
Abuse appeal by ex-soccer boss
High court graphic
The High Court in Edinburgh freed Danskin pending appeal
A lawyer and former football club chairman has gone to court to challenge his conviction for sexually abusing young boys.

Julian Danskin - who was chairman of East Fife Football club, and a senior partner in a law firm - was sentenced to 18 months in jail for three offences.

But he was released from prison after a week, pending the outcome of his appeal.

The two week trial at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court in 1999 had heard how Danskin, 49, had used his position as the captain of a Boys' Brigade company to molest the young people in his charge.

Danskin
Danskin: Challenging conviction
He is appealing against his conviction on three charges of lewd and libidinous practices, and against the jail sentence imposed on him.

His release from prison pending his appeal was criticised by the families of his victims.

At the Court of Appeal in Edinburgh, defence advocate Herbert Kerrigan QC said his client had not received a fair trial.

He argued that evidence about an earlier extortion case in which Danskin was involved had prejudiced the jury against his client and led to a miscarriage of justice.

The appeal hearing continues.

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