Beast re­peat­edly raped child

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Court re­porter

A sex beast has been con­victed of re­peat­edly rap­ing a young girl when she was aged be­tween seven and 12 at var­i­ous ad­dresses in Ruther­glen.

John Costello, 43, from Southamp­ton, Hamp­shire, was also found guilty of sex­u­ally abus­ing the young girl and an­other girl when she was aged be­tween 10 and 15.

The of­fences were com­mit­ted at var­i­ous ad­dresses in Ruther­glen as well as Shotts and Liv­ingston be­tween 1996 and 2000.

The High Court in Glas­gow heard that fa­ther-of-four Costello showed his young rape vic­tim adult porno­graphic web­sites and in­duced her to take part in sex­ual con­ver­sa­tions with adults on in­ter­net chat rooms.

Sick Costello also made her look at porno­graphic mag­a­zines and made her adopt the sex­ual poses she saw in them and filmed her tak­ing part in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity with him.

Costello made his other vic­tim play in­de­cent com­puter games and he per­suaded her to put a provoca­tive pho­to­graph on her MSN pro­file.

Judge Lord Clark told Costello:“You have been con­victed of lewd, in­de­cent and li­bidi­nous prac­tices to­wards two young girls and the rape of one of them on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions.

“These are se­ri­ous and de­spi­ca­ble crimes.”

Pros­e­cu­tor Peter McCor­mack re­vealed that Costello has a pre­vi­ous con­vic­tion for pos­ses­sion of in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren at Glas­gow Sher­iff Court for which he re­ceived a two year sen­tence and a sim­i­lar con­vic­tion from Ayles­bury Crown Court in 2006 for which he re­ceived a three-year sen­tence.

Mr McCor­mack added:“Mr Costello lives in Southamp­ton and works with Marks and Spencer.”

Lord Clark de­ferred sen­tence on Costello un­til next month for back­ground re­ports and re­manded him in cus­tody. He also placed Costello on the sex of­fend­ers’reg­is­ter.

De­fence coun­sel Ge­of­frey Forbes will give his plea in mit­i­ga­tion then.

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