28 month sentence for historical crimes of violence

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Police Scotland has acknowledged the 28 month custodial sentence received by John Higgins yesterday (Tuesday 21st June) at Forfar Sheriff Court.

Higgins was convicted for a number of historical crimes of violence against members of his family.

Detective Constable Susan Wales said: “This was a protracted police investigation carried out by the officers from the Public Protection Unit in Angus. Higgins’ behaviour towards members of his family was both violent and prolonged having continued over a number of years.

“I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the victims who came forward, assisted the police with their enquiries and gave evidence at court. I hope that Higgins’ conviction will help in bringing closure for them so that they can now move on with their lives.

“This case again underlines that any form of abuse is not acceptable and that Police Scotland will robustly investigate all violent and abusive crimes, ensuring that we keep people safe. We would encourage anyone who is a victim of domestic abuse or child abuse, whether recent or historical, to come forward. There is help and support available.”