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Rapist among two dead in custody

John Dunlop
John Dunlop had twice been convicted of sex offences

A rapist and a man who stabbed a soldier are among two prisoners who have died in custody.

The Scottish Prison Service said sex offender John Dunlop died at Saughton Prison in Edinburgh on Saturday.

The 60-year-old was jailed for eight years for drugging and raping two 14-year-old girls in West Lothian in 2003.

Steven Gibb, 27, also died on Saturday, at Kilmarnock Prison. He was serving a four-and-a-half-year sentence for the attempted murder of soldier in 2007.

Gibb stabbed childhood friend Thomas Latta - who was 24 at the time - twice in the back after a row at a bar in Saltcoats, Ayrshire.

Intensive care

The serviceman suffered a punctured lung and a cut to his liver and spent six days in hospital.

Gibb was sentenced in October 2008, after admitting the offence at the High Court in Edinburgh.

A jury found Dunlop guilty of raping two girls who were in care, after inducing them to take sedatives and anti-depressants at his home in Whitburn.

One of the girls ended up in intensive care after taking the drugs.

The High Court in Dunfermline heard that Dunlop already had a conviction for indecency with a girl.

The SPS said next of kin have been informed and fatal accident inquiries would be held into the deaths.

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