Beast caged for sex crimes com­mit­ted in 1970s

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A vile Coat­bridge sex beast who raped two lit­tle girls when he was a teenager has been caged for nine years.

Sick­en­ing Hugh McAl­lis­ter, 59, first tar­geted the young­sters when they were aged just three and four.

The at­tacks took place at an ad­dress in the town back in the early 1970s.

The of­fences re­lat­ing to the el­der of his young vic­tims, which in­cluded one in­stance of rape and of mak­ing sex­ual re­marks to her, took place over a four-year pe­riod be­gin­ning in 1971, when McAl­lis­ter was 13 years old.

His se­cond young vic­tim was raped on “var­i­ous oc­ca­sions” be­tween 1973 and 1976.

A jury at Ed­in­burgh High Court last week found McAl­lis­ter, whose ad­dress was given as Both­well Place, Blairhill, guilty by ma­jor­ity of rap­ing both girls and of us­ing lewd, in­de­cent and li­bidi­nous prac­tices and be­hav­iour. He was sen­tenced to nine years and im­me­di­ately taken into cus­tody.

The jury also re­turned not proven ver­dicts on ac­cu­sa­tions of three fur­ther sex­ual of­fences against McAl­lis­ter.

He was ac­cused of hav­ing an “un­nat­u­ral car­nal con­nec­tion” with a young boy be­tween 1975 and 1977.

McAl­lis­ter ad­di­tion­ally faced charges of in­de­cently as­sault­ing a 16-year-old girl on two oc­ca­sions be­tween 1977 and 1979, and of us­ing “lewd prac­tices” and mak­ing a sex­ual re­mark to­wards a 14-year-old girl in 1978.

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