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Skye farmer Neil Campbell convicted of sex offences

Neil Campbell
Image caption Neil Campbell was accused of abusing boys at his farm

A 69-year-old man has been convicted of a series of historic sex offences against boys under the age of 16.

Neil Campbell committed the offences at his farm on Skye and at other locations between 1995 and 2011.

The farmer had pleaded not guilty, but a jury at Inverness Sheriff Court found him guilty unanimously on five charges and by a majority on another two.

Sheriff Jamie Gilchrist deferred sentence until 26 September for background reports.

The court heard that the offences took place at different occasions between 21 March 1995 and 19 January 2011 at his farm at Talisker, near Carbost, and at other locations.

A joint minute of agreement was lodged by defence advocate Bill Adam and prosecutor Stewart MacIver.

It included details of an injury Mr Campbell had suffered which affected parts of his brain.

The injury involved parts of his brain controlling thinking skills, personality and inhibitions, according to the document.

After the verdict, the jury was told that Campbell had previously been placed on the sex offenders register for an attack on a female doctor in May 2007.

Sheriff Gilchrist continued Campbell's bail, but placed him once more on the sex offenders register.

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