Sex beast behind bars after sexually assaulting 2 girls and raping another
A man who sexually assaulted two young girls before abusing and raping another child has been jailed for nine years.
Despicable John Hamilton ,58, preyed on the women, who cannot be named for legal reasons, on various occasions at locations in Lanarkshire between June 1995 and July 2000
The High Court in Edinburgh heard how Hamilton started sexually assaulting his first victim in June 1995 when she was aged just 12.
He continued to abuse her until November that year.
Hamilton also started attacking his second victim in June 1995 when she was also just 12-years-old. He continued to abuse the girl for another three years.
The pervert then started abusing another girl, who was aged 10, in October 1995.
He sexually assaulted her on numerous occasions until July 2000.
But the court heard that on an occasion between September 1998 and October 1999, Hamilton raped the girl.
He was brought to justice after police launched an investigation into his crimes years after the incident.
His victims helped detectives bring a case against him.
Hamilton, of Ghillies Loan, Motherwell, was convicted of sexual assault and rape charges following trial last month at the High Court in Glasgow.
Sentence had been deferred for the court to obtain reports on Hamilton’s character.
On Tuesday, defence advocate Simon Gilbride told judge Lord Turnbull that his client maintained that he was innocent of any wrong-doing.
Mr Gilbride also said that his client had numerous health problems.
Passing sentence, Lord Turnbull said the only sentence available was a custodial disposal.
He added: “Adult men who abuse children can expect nothing other than a severe sentence of imprisonment. It is this court’s duty to protect children now and in the future by imposing lengthy sentences on those who abuse them.”