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Ninian Cunningham from Fife jailed for 20-year abuse

High Court in Edinburgh
Image caption The High Court in Edinburgh heard how Cunningham was considered to be a danger to the public

A man who sexually abused six young girls over more than 20 years has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Ninian Cunningham, 49, from Methil, Fife, carried out the attacks while the young girls were sleeping.

The offences happened between 1986 and 2009 at various addresses in Fife. Cunningham had denied the allegations against him.

He was sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh after being found guilty earlier.

One of his victims described how she woke up and had felt "petrified" and "disgusted and humiliated" afterwards and too scared to tell anyone.

'Accepted responsibility'

Cunningham began abusing his first victim when she was aged 12 and the behaviour lasted for three years.

The other girls who he behaved indecently towards were all aged between 13 and 15 when he abused them, some over several years.

Defence advocate Adrian Tonner said Cunningham had shown genuine remorse for his actions and was realistic about the punishment he would get.

Mr Tonner also said he had accepted his responsibility.

Judge Morris QC told Cunningham he was "clearly" a danger to the public and custody was the only option. He also ordered that Cunningham was on licence for two years following his release from custody.

Cunningham was also placed on the sex offenders register for life.

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