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Thomas Goddard guilty of raping schoolgirl in Irvine

Thomas Goddard
Image caption Goddard had denied the offences and claimed his victims were lying

A 58-year-old man has been convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl more than 20 years ago at a house in North Ayrshire.

Thomas Goddard was also found guilty of forcing a 14-year-old boy to attempt to rape the schoolgirl.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that the offences took place at a house in Irvine between 1989 and 1991.

Judge Lord Bracadale deferred sentence until next month and remanded Goddard in custody. He was also placed on the sex offenders register.

Goddard was also convicted of using lewd and indecent practices towards the boy and showing him sexually explicit material and giving him cigarettes and alcohol.

The court was told that Goddard also indecently assaulted the girl from the age of nine to 15.

Four rapes

The jury heard that he showed her pornography, took naked photographs of her and plied her with alcohol and cigarettes.

In evidence, Goddard's victim, who is now a 35-year-old woman, told advocate depute Jennifer Bain, prosecuting, that Goddard raped her four times.

She said that he would abuse her and also get the 14-year-old boy to sexually abuse her.

The woman went to the police in 2002 to tell them of what Goddard had done to her, but did not feel able to continue.

Earlier this year his other victim came forward and both, who cannot be named for legal reasons, gave evidence against Goddard.

He denied the offences against him and claimed his victims were lying.

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