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Last Updated: Monday, 3 October 2005, 17:19 GMT 18:19 UK
Ecstasy victim's brother jailed
William Betts with his father Paul in a TV documentary in 2000
William Betts with his father Paul in a TV documentary in 2000
The brother of teenager Leah Betts, who died after taking ecstasy, has been jailed for sex offences against under-age girls.

William Betts, 21, pleaded guilty at Elgin Sheriff Court to having sex with a 14-year-old girl in June.

He had earlier admitted lewd and libidinous behaviour towards a different girl, aged 13, in January.

The sheriff said he took Betts' guilty plea and period on remand into account in sentencing.

Sheriff Gordon Fleetwood told Betts, from Aberlour, in Moray, he could have served 21 months in jail but this was discounted to 14 months because he had pleaded guilty and there was a further reduction due to time already spent in custody.

Betts, who will serve eight months in prison, had been subjected to violent attacks, the court heard.

He was also placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years.

Anti-drugs campaigner

Outside the court the parents of his teenage victims described him as a real risk to the public and said the jail term was inadequate.

Paul Betts, the father of Leah and William, became a high-profile anti-drugs campaigner following his daughter's death. Leah died after taking an ecstasy tablet on her 18th birthday.

The family moved to Scotland from their home in Essex after Leah's death and had a restaurant in Aberlour.

Leah Betts
Leah Betts was a high-profile drugs victim

The court heard that the 13-year-old girl in the original incident, who had been reported missing by her mother after a row, had gone with friends to Betts' parents' restaurant.

When the girl's friends left, Betts pushed her into the kitchen and engaged in inappropriate behaviour.

The girl's mother was later told and contacted the police, who interviewed Betts, when he admitted his actions.

In the second incident, Betts had sex with a 14-year-old girl in a car near Pittyvaich Distillery.


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