Convicted pervert’s compensation claim upheld in out of court settlement
Dumfries paedophile Mark Lavan has won a cash settlement from prison bosses over missing personal possessions.
The 25-year-old mounted a legal action for £1,500 compensation after letters and photos were lost during a jail transfer.
Fury erupted after it was revealed that an out of court settlement, understood to be for between £500 and £600, was reached on Thursday.
Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray slammed the deal as “completely ridiculous”.
She said: “What a complete waste of tax payers’ money. Mr Lavan was originally offered a generous £100 by the Scottish Prison Service.
“For them to give in to his demands and give him almost six times that is completely ridiculous.
“I’m not saying he shouldn’t have been compensated for lost property, but it is not right for someone who commits a horrible offence to then make money out of the system and therefore decent, law-abiding and hard-working people.”
Former children’s entertainer Lavan was jailed for almost five years last March when he was was convicted of having sex with a 14-year-old girl.
He was caught when police swooped at his home in Lochside after the address was linked to a subscriber of a child-porn site.
When police searched his computer they found more than 60,000 indecent images on it – including many featuring the 14-year-old.
Lavan was convicted for a second time at Aylesbury Crown Court in Buckinghamshire in September 2013 when he admitted sex offences with another girl.
A spokesman for the Scottish Prison Service said they would not comment on individual cases.