Pat McGlynn wanted to demolish Tam Paton mansion

Former Roller Pat McGlynn. Picture: Ian Georgeson
Former Roller Pat McGlynn. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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FORMER Bay City Rollers star Pat McGlynn today said “I wished I was there with a hammer” when the mansion belonging to the band’s former manager Tam Paton was partially demolished.

The ex-Rollers guitarist claims that Paton tried to sexually assault him in the bedroom of the Gogar home in 1976 after locking him inside.

The bedroom where Paton slept has now been knocked down by the property’s new owner along with the sauna where he was found dead from a heart attack in 2009.

McGlynn said that the home – known as Little Kellerstain – was used for gay orgies hosted by Paton and frequented by visiting celebrities.

The 55-year-old said that his drink was spiked by Paton who sexually attacked him when he was just 18.

He said: “I’m glad that the bedroom has been demolished. I wish I was there with a hammer to do it myself. I would’ve done it for free. I would’ve blown it up.

“The night I joined the band in 1976, Paton spiked my drink and assaulted me in the lounge.

“Later we had to visit the house often to be interrogated by Paton about our movements and who we’d been seeing because he was so controlling. It was mental and emotional torture.

“He also tried to assault me in his bedroom. He had a drawer that he would pull out which blocked the door. I had to fight him off. I was attacked by Paton three or four times in the house.”

McGlynn said that he first reported the alleged attacks in 1977 but the police deemed there to be a lack of corroboration.

In 2003, the former Roller reported an attempted rape by Paton in an Australian hotel in 1977, which bandmate Les McKeown said he witnessed, but again police deemed there to be insufficient evidence. McGlynn, who works as a developer and lives in Liberton, added: “Paton used to hold parties at the house where celebrities came up from London. There would be boys aged between 14 and 18 wandering around who would be abused. I was there, but I was too busy trying to protect myself to stop it.

“There was always a punch bowl in the lounge, which had been spiked with something. I didn’t know much about drugs but there were sleeping tablets and cocaine around.

“With the police launching Operation Yewtree to investigate Jimmy Savile and others, I’m still hoping they investigate Tam Paton and his circle. Some of them were well-known names. I would be glad to give evidence. The full truth should come out.

“I’ve suffered for 37 years and never got any justice. I phone the police every year to ask about whether anything has happened with the investigation, but nothing ever does.

“Paton still haunts me after all those years. Whenever I see anything about the Rollers, or even see tartan, it all comes back to me.”

Edinburgh developer James Ford snapped up the five-bedroom home for a cut-price £410,000 after estate agents ­struggled to find a buyer. The developer has gutted the interior decor, which was “stuck in the 1970s”, to make it “unrecognisable” from the home where Paton lived for 35 years.

Paton, who oversaw the Rollers’ rise to fame, died aged 70. By then he had amassed a fortune of nearly £2.7 million and left it to charity. He served three years in jail after being convicted in 1982 of sex offences against two boys aged 16 and 17.

He was convicted of drug ­dealing in 2004 after £26,000 of cannabis was found at his home, but was cleared on 
appeal.