Glasgow & West Scotland

David McCallum admits raping girls more than 20 year ago

A father-of-three is facing a prison term after he admitted raping two young sisters more than 20 years ago.

David McCallum, 57, raped the girls, when they were aged between nine and 12, at addresses in Clydebank, Cumbernauld, Dornoch and Stirling.

He was granted bail at the High Court in Glasgow as he is the main carer for his wife who suffers from Alzheimers.

Judge Lord Bannatyne told McCallum a jail term was "inevitable" when he is sentenced next month.

The court heard that McCallum, from Cumbernauld, abused the primary school children while he was babysitting them between 1984 and 1987.

'Special circumstances'

The abuse was reported in 2010 after which McCallum confessed to his brother about raping the girls.

Following his guilty plea, Lord Bannatyne took the unusual step of granting McCallum bail because he is the main carer for his wife of 38 years who suffers from Alzheimers, osteoporosis and arthritis.

The judge told him: "In view of the very special circumstances I will continue bail so that you can arrange for your wife's care.

"However, you should understand the inevitable result of appearing back before me will be a custodial sentence.

"I'm granting you bail only because your wife is in a very serious condition and you care for her."

McCallum was placed on the sex offenders' register and sentence was deferred until next month for background reports.

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