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Man who raped girl, 12, after getting her drunk jailed

A man who got a 12-year-old girl drunk before raping her nearly 30 years ago has been jailed for eight years.

Jeffrey Aitken, 60, also sexually abused some of his victim's school friends.

The High Court in Glasgow heard he raped the girl at a house in Symington, South Ayrshire.

Judge Lady Rae told Aitken: "Your victim is now a woman in her 40s and what happened to her has been lasting and life-changing."

She added: "You have expressed no remorse or shown any compassion or consideration for that lady."

'Named and shamed'

Aitken was convicted of attacking his young victim after a trial.

The court heard that he struck several times between 1988 and 1990, but was caught years later when a relative of the victim vowed to "name and shame" him.

Aitken, of Stevenston, North Ayrshire, was also convicted of the indecent assault of another teenage girl between 1989 and 1993.

The rape charge included the accusation that he induced the girl to take alcohol, causing her to "lose consciousness".

He escaped justice for decades until one of the victim's family confronted him about two years ago.

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

Aitken denied in court to having ever confessed to anyone that he attacked either girl.

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