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Inverness man jailed for assaulting two young girls

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Image caption William Macdonald accused the girls of lying

A 43-year-old Inverness man has been jailed for four years for indecently assaulting two young girls.

William Macdonald's victims, who are now teenagers, cheered when a jury returned unanimous guilty verdicts after a two-day trial last month.

He denied allegations of assaulting the girls when one of them was aged 10 and the other was under 16 years old.

The trial at Inverness Sheriff Court heard that Macdonald accused the girls of lying.

Macdonald denied lewd and libidinous practices towards one girl between 10 September 2009 and 9 September 2010.

He also denied a second charge of engaging in sexual activity with another girl aged between 13 and under 16 by touching her inappropriately between 1 January 2012 and 31 May 2012.

Sheriff Jamie Gilchrist QC had asked for background reports before sentencing Macdonald.

The trial heard that both his victims still required counselling. One of the girls had a nervous breakdown.

The court heard that Macdonald was babysitting the girls when he assaulted them.

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