1959, Sinclair's first brush
with the law was when he was 13 when he stole from a Glasgow
church. He received 12 months' prob+ation for the crime,
Later that year Sinclair appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court
on a housebreaking charge, for which he was later found
1961 Sinclair's life of crime
took a new twist when he was found guilty of lewd behaviour
against an eight-year-old girl, he was given three years'
Seven months into that probationary period he murdered for
the first time.
Catherine Reehill was eight years old
in 1961, when Sinclair sexually assaulted and strangled her
at his home.
He threw her body down a stairwell and
told the little girl's mother that the death had been an
After being questioned by detectives
Sinclair confessed to culpable homicide and was sentenced to
10 years in jail.
While in Edinburgh's Saughton Prison
serving his sentence for Catherine's murder, he trained as a
painter and decorator.
1970 he married trainee nurse Sarah McCulloch in
Edinburgh and two years later they had a son Gary whom they
brought up in Glasgow.
he had a short spell in prison for illegally possessing a
.22 calibre revolver and ammunition. Police investigations
found he had committed a string of indecent assaults and
rapes against boys and girls aged between eight and 11.
he pleaded guilty to 11 charges and was sentenced to life in
Police did a cold case review of the unsolved murder of Mary
Gallagher, which had happened in November 1978.
She had been dragged into bushes, sexually assaulted, had
had her throat cut and had a ligature round her neck.
Among the forensic files there was a sample of semen which
was DNA tested and showed a profile matching Sinclair's.
June 2001 He was convicted of the murder of Mary
Gallagher, and received a further life sentence.
Sinclair appeared at the High Court in
Edinburgh accused of raping and murdering Christine Eadie
and Helen Scott, the Worlds end killings. The charges
alleged he acted with his brother-in-law Gordon Hamilton who
died in 1996.
27th August 2007
The trial begins at the high court in
10th September 2007
Sinclair had denied attacking and
killing 17-year-olds Christine Eadie and Helen Scott in what
became known as the World's End murders case.
Judge Lord Clarke said the Crown had
insufficient evidence to proceed.