Updated 29 February: At his hearing on Friday, Andrew Logan was given a prison sentence of five years and nine months. Sources close to the family say that they were advised not to expect the maximum possible sentence of eight years, which was reserved for exceptional cases, but that they could expect three or so years in prison to be handed down. In the event it was nearly double that, and although the family says it was the guilty verdict that they particularly wanted, that sentence clearly helps to feel that justice has been done. In addition to the prison term, Logan will also be on the sex offenders register for life, and has been permanently banned from working with children.
Original post 19 January: Tenerife social media is buzzing this afternoon over news from Preston Crown Court that Andrew Logan has been found guilty on several sex abuse charges against a child under 13. For years, Logan was known to many here as Andy Van Man, and several mothers of young children say that they are now sickened to the core after accepting him as a friend.
Siobhan Ferguson, who runs the Live Arico charity shop in San Eugenio expressed the views of many when she said that the case highlights that the real threat to children is not posed by strangers, but people who can easily worm their way into homes and lives, portraying themselves as friends. “One has now gone”, she said, “but there are others out there”.
Preston Crown Court has set 26 February for sentence to be passed.