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Child rapist Derek MacKay jailed for 10 years

Derek MacKay
Image caption Derek MacKay denied the charges - forcing his victims to give evidence in court

A man who was convicted of raping one young girl and the attempted rape of another has been jailed for 10 years.

Derek MacKay, 30, began abusing the older of the two girls in 2007 at a property in Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire, when she was three.

He started abusing the other girl when she was four years old.

At the High Court in Glasgow, MacKay was placed on the sex offenders register and ordered to be monitored on his release for two years.

MacKay had denied abusing the young girls over a four year period - forcing his victims to relive their ordeals during the trial.

He was convicted of four sex charges against the girls - including rape and attempted rape.

Passing sentence, temporary judge Rita Rae QC told MacKay: "No words can properly describe the crimes you have committed against these two little girls.

"Children should not be objects to be used by an adult for his own sexual gratification.

"You have destroyed their innocence, the fact you refuse to accept responsibility means little can be done to assist you to change your ways. You will continue to present a risk to children."

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