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Norman Wanless jailed for abusing young children

A 60-year-old man has been jailed for five years for a catalogue of sexual offences against two young girls and a boy more than 40 years ago.

Norman Wanless, from Cumbernauld, was found guilty of rape, attempted rape and sodomy offences dating back to 1969 at addresses in the Glasgow area.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard the girls were aged between five and 12 and the boy between six and 10.

Judge Lord Armstrong said Wanless had robbed his victims of their childhood.

The judge told Wanless: "Society has an abhorrence of such conduct and this court must reflect that."

Prison 'unavoidable'

Lord Armstrong said he was taking into account Wanless' age and lack of criminal record, but that a prison sentence was unavoidable.

Wanless will also remain on the sex offenders' register indefinitely.

"You have been convicted of three charges which involved manipulative and predatory sexual abuse of two young girls and a young boy," he said.

Statements made by the victims showed the abuse continued to affect their lives.

"You were responsible for callously robbing these children of their childhood," said Lord Armstrong.

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