Ex-Scots football coach extradited from Vietnam on child sex abuse charges wins bail appeal

A former Scots football coach accused of sexually abusing young boys over a 22 year period has been released on bail.

Kenneth Divers was initially remanded in custody to await trial when he made his second appearance at Paisley Sheriff Court on Friday last week.

But his legal team lodged an appeal against the decision by Sheriff Eoin McGinty to keep the 77-year-old retired teacher behind bars at HMP Barlinnie.

A judge at the Sheriff Appeal Court in Edinburgh granted the application on February 2.

Divers, who was extradited from Vietnam to face the child abuse claims, will stand trial next year however no date has yet been fixed.

The Crown alleges that he “did use lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour” towards a boy “on various occasions” between June 1968 and June 1970.

He is also said to have forced a boy to perform sex acts on him and exposed himself to the youngster at Hampden Park, Glasgow, and Sandbank Village, Dunoon.

Court papers state Divers took the boy to watch Scotland at Hampden and Celtic at Celtic Park.

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He is also alleged to have targeted the same boy at the youngster’s home in Paisley between June 1970 and August 1971, when the boy was 14 or 15.

Court papers claim he also repeatedly targeted a second youth at another address in Paisley between May 1972 and December 1975.

And he allegedly repeatedly abused a third boy in the 1980s and 1990s at a school in Paisley.

Divers, who worked as a Technical Education teacher at the school, is alleged to have touched him inappropriately “on various occasions” and pressed himself against the boy.

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Divers, who had been living in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, has made no plea to the four charges against him.

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