Highlands & Islands

Priest not guilty of Western Isles child abuse charges

A priest accused of sexually abusing two children in the Western Isles when he was a teenager has been found not guilty of the charges.

Father John Angus MacDonald, 69, was alleged to have repeatedly raped a schoolgirl at a property between 1957 and 1958.

He was also alleged to have used lewd, indecent and libidinous practices towards a 10-year-old boy.

Fr MacDonald denied all charges against him at the High Court in Aberdeen.

The jury in his trial has found him not guilty.

The court had earlier heard that he left the Hebrides just before his 13th birthday to train to be a priest at Blairs College in Aberdeen in 1958.

Fr MacDonald, who now lives in Killin in Perthshire, had worked as a priest in his later years in Fort William and Kingussie.

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