Man guilty of raping 12-year-old

Stock shot of Glasgow High Court. Picture; John Devlin
Stock shot of Glasgow High Court. Picture; John Devlin

A MAN has been convicted of repeatedly raping a 12-year-old girl and sexually abusing her and three others.

Robert Russell committed much of the sexual abuse while his victims were asleep.

At the High Court in Glasgow, 46-year-old Russell was found guilty after trial of offences which took place in Livingston, West Lothian, between 2003 and 2016.

He raped one girl when she was aged between 12 and 14.

One some occasions, Russell raped the girl while a baby was sleeping in a cot nearby.

The court heard that Russell threatened to kill the schoolgirl to stop her telling anyone what had happened to her. He also said that no one would believe her.

Eventually the girl told school friends what had happened.

Judge Lord Clark told Russell: “By the verdict of the jury you have been convicted of 11 charges which includes the repeated rape of a young girl and sexual abuse of her and three others.”

Russell, who is in custody at Addiewell Prison, was placed on the sex offenders’ register and will be sentenced next month.