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Rapist Jeffrey Aitken gave girl alcohol before attack

A 60-year-old man has been found guilty of raping a schoolgirl after giving her alcohol.

Jeffrey Aitken attacked the girl, who was aged about 12 at the time, at a house in Symington, South Ayrshire, between 1988 and 1990.

He was also convicted of abusing another girl between 1989 and 1993.

Deferring sentence at the High Court in Glasgow, judge Lady Rae told Aitken, of Stevenston, North Ayrshire, to expect a significant prison term.

She said: "These are appalling charges. This was the abuse of defenceless children.

"What was disturbing was your attitude...caring little about your victims."

'Name and shame'

The court had heard how Aitken was caught two years ago when a relative of the rape victim vowed to "name and shame" him.

The victim herself was said to have later challenged him. She told Aitken: "You abused me and you know you did it."

Aitken denied confessing to anyone that he attacked either girl.

Prosecutor Lisa Gillespie described Aitken as "a predator" and accused him of attempting to "slither out" of the allegations.

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