A CLYDEBANK pervert who preyed on an 11-year-old girl has been brought to justice after more than 25 years.
Whitecrook man Gianni Gradini could now face a lengthy jail sentence after being found guilty of lewd, indecent and libedinous practices towards the youngster on various occasions between 1987 and 1988.
The girl reported the 57-year-old former bus driver’s sick actions to the authorities at the time but it has taken until now for him to be hauled before the courts and held accountable for his disturbing actions.
Last week Gradini’s victim said she feared other youngsters may have been targeted but spoke of her relief at the prospect of her abuser facing jail and added: “I’ve waited 25 years for this.” Speaking about her ordeal days after Gradini was convicted following a trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court, his victim told the Post that he began sexually abusing her when she was still at primary school. When the brave youngster finally told her family about his behaviour she was taken to the police station to report the matter.
But despite telling the authorities everything they were left powerless to act without a corroborating witness. She added: “I’ve always wanted to press charges, I’ve always wanted him to get done. “It’s something I’ve always questioned myself why some children don’t speak up but I did. I was always a confident child, I’m not scared to speak up and I remember thinking he was wrong and I wasn’t the kind of kid to take it. “I remember being scared of him but I’m the type of person who faces their fears.
I knew he was wrong and wanted it to stop.” But after years of Gradini thinking he had got away with his heinous crime he was again questioned by police in 2011 after another witness, who he had previously confessed to, stepped forward and backed up his victim’s story.
However despite the evidence against him, Gradini remained cocky and unfazed and forced his victim to re-live her ordeal. She said: “Even right up until the trial he was sitting laughing at me. “For the first half hour of the procurator fiscal asking questions I was stressed but the minute he started laughing I had this anger come over me.
“Don’t get me wrong, I was shaking but I was getting my point across and I felt confident.” Following the recent trial Gradini was found guilty of abusing the girl. He was also convicted of breaching his bail conditions which banned him from having any contact with any child under the age of 16 unless it was supervised by the social work department and was placed on the sex offenders register – something which came as a huge relief to the woman he made suffer more than two decades ago.
She added: “I broke down, it was a release of emotion. It was a happy release, somebody had listened to me and done something about it. I still can’t believe has done something about it after all this time.” Gradini’s victim has now gone public in a bid to encourage other youngsters who may have been abused by him to come forward.
She said: “I know there’s going to be other children coming forward. I think a lot of kids will come forward in Drumchapel. My friends said they used to see him hanging around with 15 and 16-year-old children around him.” Gradini is now scheduled to appear in the dock again next month in order to hear his fate.