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Man guilty of raping schoolgirls

High Court in Glasgow
A High Court jury took two and a half hours to find Rennie guilty

A man has been convicted of raping two primary school girls over a four-year period in Argyllshire, and sexually abusing three other young girls.

The High Court in Glasgow heard how David Rennie repeatedly raped one of the girls between 2000 and June 2006.

The 44-year-old also raped the other girl on various occasions between December 2003 and April 2007.

He was also convicted of abusing three other girls between 1985 and 2007. Sentence was deferred until next month.

Thoughout his trial Rennie, of Tarbert Farm, Isle of Gigha, denied all the charges against him and claimed the girls were telling lies.

The court heard how he raped the pair at addresses in Campbeltown while one was aged between seven and 11 and the other six and 10.

He told his victims that it was their secret and they must not tell anyone.

Background reports

A police investigation was launched in 2007 after one girl blurted out what was happening to her.

During the police investigation more of Rennie's victims came forward.

Rennie was also convicted of using lewd, libidinous and indecent practices towards another girl in Campbeltown on various occasions between 27 March 2004 and 24 April 2007 when she was aged between seven and 10

And he was convicted of indecently assaulting a fourth girl on one occasion between 9 May 1985 and 8 May 1987 in Ardrishaig and sexually abusing a fifth girl on the Isle of Gigha between 6 March 1991, and 5 March 1993.

The jury took two and a half hours to find Rennie guilty.

Advocate Louise Arrol, defending, said that in view of the jury's verdict background reports would be required before Rennie was sentenced.

Temporary Judge Sean Murphy QC deferred sentence until next month and remanded Rennie in custody.

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