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Dundee man jailed for sex offences against young girls

A Dundee man in his 60s has been jailed for two years for sex offences he claimed he could hardly remember.

The High Court in Edinburgh was told Alexander Burns abused the two girls after they found pornographic magazines in his cupboard.

The 62-year-old pleaded guilty to two charges of assault with intent to rape dating back to September 1969.

Judge Lord Turnbull said he could shorten Burns' prison sentence due to his otherwise blameless life.

Advocate depute Shirley McKenna said Burns, from Broughty Ferry, had realised the girls had found the magazines after they did not put them back as they had found them.

She said: "The accused later confronted them, asking if they found it interesting."

'Fading memory'

The court was told about the groping of one girl, who was about 12-years-old when the molesting began.

The girl's sister told how she was 15-years-old and asleep in the living room of a house in Dundee when Burns climbed on top of her and began to kiss and fondle her.

Defence advocate Matt Jackson said Burns told him he had "only a fading memory" of what had happened, but that may have been partly to hide his shame.

The lawyer said at the time Burns had been under stress and experiencing marriage difficulties.

"With the benefit of maturity he is horrified at his own conduct," he said.

Judge Lord Turnbull told Burns sex abuse of children by an adult merited a prison sentence but he could shorten it because Burns had led a blameless life for more than 30 years.

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