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Perth man jailed for sex attacks on young sisters

A serial sex offender who befriended the mother of two young girls before abusing them both has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.

John Kinloch would visit their family home in Perth - telling one of the girls, aged eight, he wanted to inspect her room to see if she had tidied it.

He would then carry out sexual attacks on the girl while her mother sat downstairs, a court heard.

Kinloch, 46, admitted two charges of sexual assault.

Dundee Sheriff Court heard how Kinloch also lured the girl and her nine-year-old sister to his Perth flat by asking them if they wanted to see his budgies or visit friends nearby. While they were there he carried out further abuse.

And it emerged that his criminal record - which features more than 30 offences over 25 years - included convictions for lewd, indecent and libidinous practices as well as having sex with a girl aged under 16.

'Felt horrible'

The court was told the 46-year-old had kept up a five-year relationship with the girl he had first slept with when she was just 15.

His lawyer said their break-up in 2010 "may have brought on" his latest offences.

Fiscal depute Alan Kempton told the court: "On one occasion one of the girls came downstairs and gave her mother a hug which was unusual for her.

"Shortly after the accused left the girls' mother heard them having a discussion on the couch. They were talking about whether to tell their mother something.

"They then disclosed the abuse to their mother. One of the girls told police that it 'felt horrible' and that she 'didn't like it'."

'Learning difficulties'

Mr Kempton said she had initially not revealed the abuse to anyone because Kinloch had told her not to.

Kinloch, a prisoner at HMP Perth, pleaded guilty to two charges of sexual assault which took place between 14 June and 28 July 28 2011 at addresses in the Letham and Craigie areas of Perth.

Advocate Ronnie Renucci, defending, said: "He is a man who has a low IQ and has certain learning difficulties.

"He tells me that he was once assessed by a professional who told him he had the mind of a nine or 10-year-old."

Sheriff Elizabeth Munro imposed a three-year extended sentence upon his release. He will also be on the sex offenders register for an indefinite period.

She said: "Because of the seriousness of these crimes and because of your criminal record and the risk you pose of further offending only a custodial sentence is appropriate."

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