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John Myers convicted of 'appalling' rape of girls

John Myers Image copyright Vic Rodrick
Image caption John Myers was remanded in custody after being convicted of rapes and sexual abuse

A man is facing a prison term after being convicted of "appalling" rapes and sexual abuse against two girls.

John Myers, 52, from Glasgow, abused one girl when she was aged five and continued until she was almost 17.

He also targeted another girl when she was aged 11 or 12. Myers was caught after one victim told a friend, which led to a police investigation.

At the High Court in Livingston, sentence on Myers was deferred and he was remanded in custody.

'Appalling offences'

Judge Lord Pentland told him: "You stand convicted now by the verdicts of the jury of a serious of appalling offences of sexual abuse against children.

"It's inevitable in due course that the court will have to take a most serious view of this offending and that you will be sentenced to a substantial period in prison."

The court heard that Myers began sexually abusing one girl when she was just five years old.

The assaults happened almost every time he was left alone with her.

The victim - now aged 18 - gave evidence during the trial and said the abuse continued for more than 12 years.

Myers tried to rape her after she turned 13 before he finally raped her as she slept, a few days before her 17th birthday.

'Darkest secret'

The teenager revealed that he was caught only after her friend asked her to share her "darkest secret" during a drinking session.

She blurted out that Myers had abusing her for years after which the friend shared the secret with one of her relatives who insisted on taking the victim to report the abuse to police.

An investigation led to a second girl, related to the first victim, being interviewed.

The second girl, also now 18, claimed Myers had raped her when she was aged just 11 or 12.

Myers denied the charges but a jury found him guilty of two rapes, an attempted rape, a sexual assault and two counts of lewd, indecent and libidinous behaviour.

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