January 2019

Rapist claimed he was in relationship with schoolgirl

A man who repeatedly raped a schoolgirl has been jailed for nine years.

Donald McGillvray, 37, denied attacking the girl when she was aged between 13 and 16 and claimed they were in a consensual sexual relationship.

His victim told a court that McGillvary, from Dumfries, repeatedly raped her and threatened to take his own life if she ever revealed what he was doing to her.

At the High Court in Glasgow on Tuesday, McGillvary, was convicted of raping and sexually abusing the girl at addresses in Annan, Dumfries and Galloway between 2014 and 2017.

He was also found guilty of sexually abusing his victim when she was 12 in 2013.

Judge Lord Clark told McGillvary: “You said you had a consensual sexual relationship from when she was 13, but the jury did not believe you.

“You sexually abused and raped her during her formative years and robbed her of the innocence of her childhood.

“In her evidence she said that you threatened to kill yourself if she told anyone what you had done.”

Dad-of-one McGillvary was placed on the sex offenders register.