Former Celtic kitman jailed for six years after admitting sex offences


Celtic’s former kitman James McCafferty has been sentences to six years in prison after admitting to a number of sexual offences against young boys.

The incidents are reported to have taken place at a number of locations across Scotland over several decades from the 1970’s onwards.

McCafferty, who also worked for Falkirk and Hibernian in Scotland, has also been placed on the sex offenders register as well as his sentence.

The 73-year-old admitted to 11 offences, ten of indecent assault and one of lewd and libidinous behaviour. This is McCafferty’s second prosecution after being sentences to three years and nine months in August 2018 for sexual assault upon a 14-year-old in Northern Ireland.

Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Taylor had this to say outside court after the conviction:

“These boys had a passion for the game, they had dreams and hopes. Rather than provide a place of safety for them to fulfil these dreams, he used football to prey upon them.”

From Lisburn, Northern Ireland, McCafferty also worked as a youth coach in his homeland and was sentenced by Lord Beckett on Tuesday.


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