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Sex offender Muir Taylor convicted of raping two girls in Kilmarnock

A man has been convicted of raping two young girls over a seven-year period between 1998 and 2005.

Muir Taylor, 28, was convicted of a catalogue of sexual abuse and rape against the two girls, who were aged five and 10 when the abuse began.

At the High Court in Glasgow the judge praised the victims, now aged 23 and 26, for having the courage to come forward.

Sentence was deferred until 31 March at the High Court in Edinburgh.

The older victim said she went to the police in March last year because she wanted to stop Taylor harming others.

Taylor was only 12 when he began his campaign of abuse against his two victims, committing the offences at addresses in Kilmarnock.

He told both victims they would get into trouble if they told anyone about the abuse.

Advocate depute Shanti Maguire, prosecuting, told the court that Taylor, who is in Barlinnie Prison, is already on the sex offenders' register.

He was convicted in 2009 at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court of lewd and indecent practices against a seven-year-old girl and was jailed for three years.

Judge Kenneth MacIver QC said that he found this other conviction "deeply disturbing", telling Taylor: "Clearly a long sentence of custody faces you."

The judge ordered an assessment to be carried out, prior to sentencing, into the risk Taylor poses to the public.

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