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Rapist tried to lure young girl

David McMillan
David McMillan admitted trying to lure a young girl to his home

A serial sex offender, jailed for raping a 73-year-old woman in 1996, has been found guilty of trying to lure a young girl to his home.

David McMillan, 33, from Perth, was arrested in August last year after bombarding a 14-year-old girl with phone calls and text messages.

McMillan had previously been convicted of a string of sexual offences.

The sheriff gave him a lifelong restriction order and told him he would serve a minimum of 18 months in prison.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard that McMillan, who flouted a previous court order forbidding him to have unsupervised access to children, had offered the 14-year-old drink and drugs if she came to his home.

The court was told that he had obtained her mobile phone number after it was left on another phone he had acquired.

There is a likelihood that he, if at liberty, will seriously endanger the lives, or physical or psychological well-being of members of the public
Psychologist report

McMillan had been jailed for life in 1996 after he admitted raping a 73-year-old former teacher after breaking into her home.

However, in November that year, the Court of Criminal Appeal decided the original life sentence was excessive and cut it to nine years.

Following his release from prison in 2002, McMillan appeared in court on a number of occasions for breach of the peace offences that had a sexual element.

In May 2006 he was arrested after CCTV showed him stalking a teenage girl in Perth. He was tagged and placed on curfew as a result.

Months later, he appeared at Perth Sheriff Court again for attempting to lure a 13-year-old girl away from a play park. He was jailed for 18 months but was released early in January 2007.

Former teacher

Background reports on McMillan found "there is a likelihood that he, if at liberty, will seriously endanger the lives, or physical or psychological well-being of members of the public."

Handing down a lifelong restriction order on McMillan, Judge Lord Brodie ruled that he should serve a minimum of 18 months in prison.

However the judge warned that did not mean he would be released then.

Such sentences allow the parole board to keep a prisoner in custody until they are satisfied that he, or she, no longer poses a danger to the public.



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