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Rapist had children with daughter

High Court in Edinburgh
The man was found guilty after a trial at the High Court in Edinburgh

A man has been convicted of fathering two children by his daughter while subjecting his family to years of sexual abuse.

The 72-year-old, who cannot be named, abused his three daughters in Dundee and Fife between 1976 and 1993.

A High Court of Edinburgh jury found him guilty of repeatedly raping two daughters and using lewd and libidinous behaviour towards his third daughter.

He has been remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced next month.

A jury of seven men and eight women were told how the systematic rape of the eldest daughter began in 1979, when the girl was 12 years old.

Her ordeal lasted until she was 26 years old.

The woman, now aged 42, gave birth to a girl when she was 17, and six years later had a second child by her father.

The man had also begun raping a younger daughter when she was eight years old, until she was 16.

He was also convicted of using lewd and libidinous behaviour towards a third daughter at an address in Dundee on repeated occasions between 1979 and 1982.

He was brought to justice after his now-adult victims contacted the police and he was convicted after a week-long trial.

His wife had also been accused of abusing the girls but her not guilty pleas were accepted by the Crown.

Defence advocate Jonathan Crowe said the man, a first offender, was expecting "a lengthy sentence" and wanted bail to sort out personal matters.

The judge, Lady Clark, refused the motion, adding: "You have been convicted of very serious offences."

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