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Fife child rapist jailed for 12 years

A man who raped two young children in Fife over a 14-month period has been jailed for 12 years.

Callum Young, 35, abused the children, who cannot be named for legal reasons, at addresses in Fife between December 2010 and February 2012.

Young, from Methil, was convicted of two charges of rape after a trial at the High Court in Edinburgh last month.

The court heard that the children were aged five and eight when the abuse began.

Sentence had been deferred until Monday in order for the court to obtain reports about Young's character.

'Preventing harm'

On Monday, defence advocate Ronnie Renucci told judge Lord Kinclaven his client did not accept he had done anything wrong.

Mr Renucci said Young suffered from mental health problems and could not read or write.

Lord Kinclaven also ordered Young be supervised by the authorities for two years following his release from jail.

Det Chf Insp Pauline McCallum, from Police Scotland's public protection unit in Fife, said: "This conviction was made possible as a result of strong partnership working between both statutory and voluntary agencies.

"The investigation was carried out by specially trained dedicated staff over a protracted period of time, working closely with the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal's Office in order to achieve today's outcome.

"The conviction highlights Police Scotland's continued focus to protect those most vulnerable in our communities whilst preventing further risk of harm."

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