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Paul McCallum jailed for sexually abusing young sisters

A taxi driver who sexually abused a young girl for more than a decade has been jailed for five years.

Paul McCallum, 48, abused the girl from the age of five at an address in Larkhall, South Lanarkshire, between 1994 and 2006.

McCallum was also found guilty of abusing her sister, when she was aged between eight and nine, at a house in Larkhall between 2003 and 2004.

At the High Court in Glasgow, he was placed on the sex offenders' register.

Jailing him, temporary judge Alastair Stewart QC told McCallum: "A jury has found you guilty of a number of offences, including the serious offence of attempted rape.

Regular abuse

"It is the duty of the courts to protect young girls."

During the trial, McCallum's first victim, who is now 25, told prosecutor Allan Nicol that she was regularly abused.

She said that she was too afraid to tell anyone what he had done to her.

It was only when she became an adult that she was able to speak up about the abuse.

The jury heard that McCallum's began abusing the girl when she was just five years old and the abuse escalated as she got older.

By the time she was nine he was regularly attempting to rape her.

The abuse came to light when McCallum's second victim, who is now 18, told their mother what had happened to her during a row.

She told her mother: "You don't know the half of it."

When pressed to explain what she meant she blurted out that McCallum had sexually abused her.

The police were called in and McCallum was charged.

Previous conviction

In evidence McCallum said: "It isn't true. They are telling lies. It never happened."

However, he could give no explanation for why the sisters would make up allegations against him.

The court heard that McCallum has a previous conviction from 1983 for under-age sex.

As McCallum was led away to begin his sentence members of the sisters' family shouted: "You're a beast."

Outside court the sisters' mother said: "Five years is a joke, my weans have got a life sentence because of what he put them through.

"We are totally devastated five years is not enough."

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, added: "He may have abused other children and I would urge anyone who was abused by him to come forward and contact the police."

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