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Castlemilk pensioner jailed over 'horrific' abuse

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Image caption Dennis Wallace abused four children over a period of about 30 years

A pensioner has been jailed for five years after a campaign of sex abuse spanning 30 years.

Dennis Wallace abused four children during crimes branded "horrific" by prosecutors.

The abuse occurred between 1972 and 2000 at addresses in Castlemilk, Glasgow.

The 67-year-old denied the accusations, claiming there was a "conspiracy" against him, but he was convicted of six charges, including attempted rape.

Victims of Wallace's abuse testified during a trial at the High Court in Glasgow.

Wallace initially attacked a boy, who was only aged about three when the abuse started.

Conspiracy claim

The court heard the victim remembered there being "laughter" as Wallace abused him.

He then turned his attention to a girl who was about 11 when her ordeal began. She recalled not being able to move as Wallace attacked her.

In his closing speech, prosecutor Stephen McCloy said: "She said she was terrified and did not want the physical contact."

The third victim was 12 or 13 when she was abused.

The final victim was abused between 1997 and 2000 starting when she was 12. This included Wallace trying to rape her.

During the trial, Wallace claimed the allegations were a "conspiracy" against him, but advocate depute Mr McCloy said Wallace "must be the unluckiest man in Scotland" for that to be true.

The prosecutor told the jury details of the crimes were "shocking" and "horrific".

He also added: "It is clear that this is a course of criminal conduct pursued by Dennis Wallace."

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