Girlguiding Scotland ponders bequest from convicted child sex offender

Charity says it could take a year to decide whether to accept money left to it by Reginald Forster-Smith, who abused three girls

Girlguiding Scotland might take more than a year to decide whether to accept a legacy donation of about £400,000 from a convicted child sex offender.

Reginald Forester-Smith, who was jailed in 1999 for sexually abusing three girls over a 20-year period, left the sum to the charity in his will. He died in July last year.

A spokeswoman for the charity said the matter was still in the hands of the executors of Forester-Smith's will, and it could be a year or more before the charity decided whether it would accept the money.

Forester-Smith left 40 per cent of the residual value of his estate to the charity. The estate is estimated to be worth £1m.

He also left donations to the Scout Association, Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK. These charities are talking to the executors and have not yet confirmed whether they will accept the donations.

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