A SEX abuse victim recalled being attacked at a time Scotland were playing in the World Cup 40 years earlier.

The then young boy suffered at the hands of pervert Peter McCormick, from Dunfermline, who went on to prey on three other victims.

Regarding the first, prosecutor BJ Gill KC told the High Court in Glasgow: "He was 12 at the time. McCormick was 20.

"He remembers it as a time Scotland were in the World Cup and Ally MacLeod was manager.

"That would have been the tournament in 1978."

The boy was molested by McCormick at a house in Stirling having been plied with drink.

The next youngster suffered a similar ordeal later that year before a third was attacked in 1979.

McCormick struck again in the mid-90s repeatedly abusing this boy at another property in Stirling and in a tent.

He also took him to quiet "rural" areas to prey on the child.

It was only decades later when one victim initially went to police before all four bravely relived their ordeals, leading to McCormick first appearing in the dock in early 2023.

A number of them were at the High Court in Glasgow to see their abuser finally confess to what he had done.

McCormick, now 66 and of Dunfermline, pleaded guilty to four charges of acting in a lewd and libidinous manner.

He had been on bail, but Judge Douglas Brown told him: "Given the serious nature of the offences, you will be remanded in custody."

Sentencing was deferred for reports until next month.