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'High-risk' rapist Muir Taylor jailed for nine years

A man who began raping two young girls when he was 12 has been jailed for nine years after a judge heard he poses a high risk of reoffending.

Muir Taylor was convicted of abusing the girls, who were aged five and 10, at houses in Kilmarnock and Hurlford, East Ayrshire, between 1998 and 2005.

Judge Kenneth Maciver told Taylor: "The current and future risk which you pose calls for an extended sentence."

Taylor, 28, was also placed on the sex offenders' register.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, Judge Maciver pointed out that Taylor had another serious conviction from 2009.

'High risk'

The judge told Taylor he had seen a detailed report prepared on him and added: "It clearly places you at high risk of reoffending."

Judge Maciver said that, even allowing for Taylor's young age, a significant period of custody was "inevitable".

He added: "The current and future risk which you pose calls for an extended sentence."

The judge told Taylor he would be sentenced to nine years in prison and a further period of three years supervision, during which time he would be returned to jail if he breached the conditions placed on him.

During a previous hearing at the High Court in Glasgow, Judge Maciver praised the victims, now aged 23 and 26, for having the courage to come forward.

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 victims.

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

Taylor 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.

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