Man found guilty of raping girls aged two and three 25 years ago

Douglas McDonald carried out the sexual attacks on the young girls between 1996 and 1998.

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A man who raped two young girls when they were aged just two and three is facing a lengthy jail term.

Douglas McDonald denied the attack between 1996 and 1998 at the High Court in Glasgow, but jurors found him guilty of raping both as two charges of lewd and libidinous behaviour towards each.

The offences occurred at different locations in Renfrewshire including Elderslie.

It emerged the 54-year-old already had a number of previous convictions including for indecent exposure.

Prosecutor Tracey Brown revealed McDonald had first been due to face the charges at Paisley Sheriff Court in January 2021.

But, she said he “failed to appear” and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

He was finally hauled into the dock later that month before being bailed pending the High Court trial.

McDonald, now of Forfar, Angus, was remanded in custody with sentencing due next month.

Judge Douglas Brown said: “Given the charges, there will be a substantial period of imprisonment.”

After McDonald was taken handcuffed to the cells, Judge Douglas Brown told jurors they had had to listen to “distressing” evidence.

He added: “There is a counselling service available, if you wish to use it.”

Sentencing was deferred for reports until June 27 in Lanark.

McDonald was put on the sex offenders list in the meantime.

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