South Scotland

Rapist William Wood showed 'sub-human depravity'

A rapist convicted of sex offences against two young girls was guilty of of "sub-human depravity" a judge has told the High Court in Glasgow.

William Wood, 71, of Newton Stewart, had denied the offences - stretching back to the 1970s - which occurred at addresses in Dumfries and Galloway

However, he was convicted of a string of charges at the end of his trial.

He faces a lengthy jail-term when he is sentenced next month at the High Court in Edinburgh.

Judge Lord Stewart spoke to the jury afterwards and said: "The evidence that has been heard has painted a picture of sub-human depravity and tear-jerking misery."

The rape victim was only a child when the abuse began.

The court heard Wood also repeatedly attacked another girl around the same time.

Prosecutor Jane Farquharson, in her closing speech to the jury, said Wood had behaved in a way that could not be "tolerated in a civilised society".

She added: "He has a capacity for violence and control and lack of concern for anyone else, but himself."

Ms Farquharson also said the impact for his victims was "far-reaching".