December 2018: To be released on December 10th, 2018

December 2015

Perthshire man jailed for sexual abuse of two young girls

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A bare knuckle fighter who sexually abused two young girls has been jailed for four and a half years.

Despicable Allan McDonald, 61, repeatedly assaulted the two children at various locations in Scotland between 2002 and 2012.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard McDonald’s first young victim was just 12-years-old when he first preyed on her.

McDonald also repeatedly assaulted another girl between January 2007 and January 2012.

She was eight when McDonald started abusing her.

During the 1970s, McDonald also repeatedly assaulted a woman, punching and kicking her during a number of attacks in Fife.

McDonald, of Pitlochry, was convicted of assault and sexual assault charges after a trial last month at the High Court in Stirling.

His defence advocate, Brian McConnachie QC, told the court his client was seriously ill and was being treated for kidney problems at Perth Royal Infirmary Hospital.

Mr McConnachie said his client maintained he was innocent of any wrong-doing.

Lord Kinclaven told McDonald that he took into account his poor health.

He added: “The court needs to mark the seriousness of these offences with custody. There is no alternative to custody in this particular case.”

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