Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Man jailed for historic abuse of two girls

A man who spent his youth repeatedly sexually assaulting two young girls in Edinburgh and Midlothian has been jailed for two years.

John Slater, 55, was just 13-years-old when he started abusing a nine-year-old girl in June 1975.

Sheriff Thomas Welsh told Slater: "You must have known what you were doing was wrong. The only sentence I can impose in this case is one of custody."

Sentence had been deferred for the court to obtain reports.

Slater, from Bonnyrigg, Midlothian, was convicted of sexual assault charges last month at the court.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard how the abuse against the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, took place at various locations in Midlothian.

The court heard how the abuse against her only stopped in June 1982.

Slater, who has no previous convictions, sexually assaulted his second victim between October 1986 and October 1987 at addresses in the Edinburgh area.

The woman, who also cannot be named for legal reasons, was aged just 14 when Slater started targeting her.

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