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Pensioner jailed for child abuse

George Cummings
Cummings was jailed for three-and-a-half years

A pensioner who abused two sisters almost 40 years ago has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard that George Cummings, 69, from Grangemouth, attacked his nieces over several years.

Another alleged victim was remanded in custody for trying to flee court while giving evidence against Cummings.

Ann Robertson was held in police cells overnight before completing her evidence the following day. The rape charge was eventually dropped.

The 43-year-old, who has waived her right to anonymity, had alleged that Cummings raped her when she was 12.

Ms Robertson has since made a complaint against temporary judge Roger Craik over his decision to have her remanded.

Ann Robertson is calling for the judge in the case to be sacked

The complaint is currently being considered by the Crown Office.

Cummings was jailed for abusing his two nieces over the course of several years.

Both women, who are now in their forties, have also waived their right to anonymity.

The trial had heard that Cummings began abusing Diane Craig, 40, when she was just three years old and went on abusing her for another six years.

He subjected her sister Angela McLintock, 42, to abuse which began when she was six.

Cummings, who is now in a wheelchair, abused the girls when he was living in Grangemouth's Forth Street and Kerse Road between 1971 and 1977.

'Absolutely disgusted'

Sheriff Craik told him: "These things happened a long time ago but in the period concerned you were a married, mature man and you must have known what you were doing.

"The lasting effect on your victims was only too apparent from their evidence.

"I take into account that you have no previous convictions, that you are now 69 and you are not in good health.

"Given the nature of the offences a prison sentence is inevitable."

Ms Robertson said she was "absolutely disgusted" with the length of the sentence and said Cummings should have been jailed for much longer.

"It isn't long enough, I don't feel justice has been done," she said.

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