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Man jailed for raping schoolgirl in Leith

Arron Kossatz Image copyright CIARAN DONNELLY

An Edinburgh man who repeatedly raped a schoolgirl and continued to commit sex crimes against children after he was freed on bail has been jailed for eight years.

Arron Kossatz, 20, raped the 13-year-old when she was drunk at a Leith flat.

Kossatz also had unlawful sex with another teenager in Leith and underage sex with a third girl aged 13.

Kossatz was convicted of the sex offending following an earlier trial and has been held in custody since.

A judge told him: "It is clear, both from these offences and the background information that I have before me, that you have a well-established predilection for sexual activity with female children."

'Shoulder no responsibility'

Michael O'Grady QC added at the High Court in Edinburgh: "It is apparent from the present offences alone that you cannot control it."

The judge said that Kossatz had targeted the "troubled and vulnerable" rape victim for repeated and regular abuse "in the most extreme fashion".

He said: "It is clear that the effect upon her has been dreadful and I suspect that it is not overstating matters to say that her life has been blighted and is likely to remain so.

"There can be no excuses for such behaviour and it merits significant punishment.

"You accept no guilt, shoulder no responsibility and show no empathy for your victims."

He ordered that Kossatz be kept under supervision for a further four years.

'Limited understanding'

The court heard that Kossatz began preying on the 13-year-old girl who was subjected to repeated rapes in 2013 when he was 16.

He had sex with another girl when she was 14 and 15 in 2012 and 2013 and with the second 13-year-old girl at a house in Granton, Edinburgh, on 31 October 2014, while on bail.

Defence counsel David Nicolson said that garage worker Kossatz came from an "utterly dysfunctional" background. He said: "He relies on others for day-to-day functioning."

Mr Nicolson said it was true when a background report on him said he had limited awareness of the impact of his offending because he had limited understanding.

He said: "He seems to be incapable of understanding how damaging the conduct might be."

The defence counsel said Kossatz had been bullied at school and one witness had indicated that he hung around with younger people because he was so immature.

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