Glasgow & West Scotland

'Devil's work' rapist Jimmy Sainte jailed for six years

A man who repeatedly raped a young girl before telling the victim's mother it was "the work of the devil" has been jailed for six years.

French national Jimmy Sainte, 29, who arrived in the UK from Nigeria, attacked the girl at a flat in Glasgow between November 2007 and June 2009.

He was convicted of carrying out the attacks while babysitting the girl, who was aged seven and eight at the time.

The abuse was discovered when the victim, who is now 13, told a friend.

'Abhorrent conduct'

Jailing Sainte at the High Court in Edinburgh, judge Lady Wolffe told him: "The crime of rape of a pre-pubescent girl child is very serious.

"Society has an abhorrence of such conduct and it is the responsibility of the court to reflect that."

Sainte, a first offender, was also placed on the sex offenders register indefinitely.

The judge said the rapist had carried out the abuse for his "own sexual gratification" and pointed out that his victim continued to be very distressed by the attacks.

Lady Wolffe said: "You have expressed no remorse for the wrong you have done or the harm you have caused."

The judge said it was clear from a background report that Sainte did not accept any responsibility for his actions as he continued to deny the offences.

'Telling secrets'

Sainte's trial at the High Court in Glasgow heard that the abuse was carried out a flat in the city's Charing Cross area.

His young victim told a friend about the abuse while playing "telling secrets".

One of her friends told her mother, who told a teacher, who in turn told the school's head teacher. The police were then called in.

The young victim's mother told the court that when she phoned Sainte and told him about the accusation, he admitted raping the girl.

The woman said: "He told me it was the work of the devil."

In her evidence, the young girl said: "He raped me up to twice a week for about a year."

She said she had been too scared to tell any adults about the abuse.

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