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Allan McLeod guilty of raping sisters and abusing boy

A 43-year-old man has been convicted of raping two young sisters and abusing a boy with disabilities.

Allan McLeod carried out the abuse every Saturday from 1998 until 2008 while he was babysitting at a house in East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire.

During his trial, he insisted that he was innocent and his victims had made up allegations against him.

At the High Court in Livingston, sentence on McLeod was deferred and he was returned to custody.

The trial jury heard that McLeod began abusing one of the girls when she was just six, and raped her between the ages of 14 and 15.

Car park abuse

Her sister was sexually abused from the age of eight and raped over a three-year period from the age of 12 to 15.

Another of his victims was a boy with disabilities, who he abused over a two-year period between December 2002 and 2004 while he was aged between 12 and 13.

On one occasion between June 2006 and June 2008, McLeod exposed himself to one of the girls and performed a sex act on himself in a supermarket car park.

He also sexually abused another two girls when they were aged seven - one on a single occasion and the other twice.

Temporary Judge Michael O'Grady QC deferred sentencing until February. McLeod is already on the sex offenders register.

Judge O'Grady said McLeod had been convicted of "the most appalling crimes".

He told him: "You have blighted their childhood. Even during the most distressing evidence you have shown not a flicker of emotion."

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