Man guilty of Edinburgh child rapes

John McCallum has been warned he faces a substantial jail sentence after he was found guilty of raping and molesting children in Edinburgh.
John McCallum has been warned he faces a substantial jail sentence after he was found guilty of raping and molesting children in Edinburgh.
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A MAN who raped two little girls and forced them to commit other sex acts has been told to expect a substantial jail sentence.

A jury found John McCallum, 53, guilty after one of his victims stared across a courtroom as she gave evidence and vowed: “I will never forgive you.”

A trial heard how the sisters kept quiet for years about a catalogue of abuse inflicted on them.

The offences first came to light when a chance experience 15 years ago - a fright as she walked down a corridor - unlocked the memory of one of his victims and she began to experience “flashbacks.”

The woman told her doctor what had happened to her and asked for counselling - eventually reporting McCallum to the authorities.

At the High Court in Edinburgh she had to re-live her experiences again, along with her sister, over the past week.

They told the jury how McCallum, married with two daughters, molested them during visits to a mobile caravan parked at a travellers’ site in Edinburgh and at a house in Loanhead, Midlothian, and elsewhere.

The trial heard how McCallum, now of Straiton Road, Loanhead, drove a lorry looking for work laying tarmac, and some of the abuse took place in the cab.

The girl said that on other occasions, while selling logs for firewood, he would take advantage of her in his van.

The trial also heard that one of the sisters was just six-years-old when McCallum raped her on a caravan bed in 1979 or 1980.

The other sister told how she was raped between August 1980 and August 1982 when she was seven or eight years old.

McCallum, who was also president of a kids’ boxing club, denied the charges of rape and four charges of indecent behaviour going back to August 1978.

As the jury delivered their verdicts he interrupted, demanding to take a lie detector test.

The verdicts were also greeted with shock and disbelief by his supporters in court.

Judge Lord Boyd remanded McCallum in custody pending sentence later this month - telling him he could expect a substantial period of imprisonment after being found guilty of very serious offences.