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Baby rapist Iain McKerrell admits two more attacks

Iain McKerrell Image copyright Spindrift
Image caption McKerrell was previously jailed for raping a baby girl

A man who was jailed for raping a baby and sexually abusing a young girl has admitted rape and sex abuse offences against two other young girls.

Iain McKerrell, 47, raped a girl five or six times when she was aged between nine and 11 between December 2000 and June 2003.

He also pleaded guilty to sexually abusing an eight-year-old girl with learning difficulties in February 2002.

Sentence on McKerrell, who was jailed in 2006, was deferred.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that McKerrell was jailed for 13 years in 2006 for the rape of the baby girl over a four-year-period from 2000 to 2004.

Early release

The sentence, which also covered the sexual abuse of a young girl over a four year period, was subsequently reduced to nine-and-a-half years on appeal.

McKerrell, from Johnstone, Renfrewshire, was out on licence from November 2012 for these offences when the new allegations against him were made.

The court heard that rape took place while McKerrell babysat the girl at his then home in Paisley between December 2000 and June 2003.

The girl did not report the rapes to the authorities until last year.

The court heard that he also sexually abused an eight-year-old girl with learning difficulties in February 2002.

When police initially confronted McKerrell about the rape and sexual abuse he told them: "I don't know anything about this."

Judge Lady Rae deferred sentence on McKerrell until June at the High Court in Edinburgh.

She told him: "I shall ask for a background report and a risk assessment."

Lady Rae also placed McKerrell on the sex offenders' register.

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