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Businessman sexually abused two girls aged ten and 11

Martin Dornan targeted the young victims when he was a teenager during the 1980s.

High Court: Dornan jailed for five years.

A businessman who sexually abused two girls three decades ago has been jailed for five years.

Martin Dornan targeted the girls, who cannot be named for legal reasons, at a house in Ayrshire, between April 1981 and March 1985.

The 56-year-old was brought to justice after his victims managed to gain enough courage to tell police about their ordeals.

The first girl was aged 11 when she was targeted by Dornan whose second victim was aged just ten.

Dornan, of Kilmarnock, was convicted following proceedings at the High Court in Glasgow on three charges of lewd, indecent and libidinous practices.

He had denied any wrongdoing.

On Friday, at the High Court in Edinburgh, defence advocate Gillian Ross told judge Lord Clark that her client committed the offences when he was an “immature” teenager.

She added his convictions following trial had been a “devastating blow” for him.

Ms Ross added: “Mr Dornan is a man who has lived an absolutely faultless life. There are no outstanding complaints against him.

“He has ran his own painting and decorating business.”

Passing sentence, Lord Clark told Dornan that he had to go to prison.

He added: “In all the circumstances, the only disposal available to court is that of a custodial sentence.

“The sentence must reflect society’s disgust and abhorrence with offences of this nature. The sentence will be one of five years.”

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