Nieces’ rapist John McCallum jailed for 10 years

John McCallum was jailed today. Pic: Esme Allen
John McCallum was jailed today. Pic: Esme Allen
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Paedophile John McCallum, who raped his twin nieces, was today jailed for 10 years.

Rachel Steadwood and Tracy Brown have earlier waived their right to anonymity to talk about the eight years of abuse they suffered at the hands of McCallum from the ages of five to 13, but neither told the other they had been raped and abused until only two years ago.

McCallum, 53, appeared for sentence today after being convicted of raping them while they were just little girls.

The sisters said the ordeals had “ruined their lives” and left them battling depression, while each has attempted suicide.

The girls were abused by McCallum in his caravan at a Duddingston travellers site and in Loanhead, Midlothian, where the businessman also lived, between 1978 and 1987.

McCallum, who was president of a children’s boxing club, had denied the charges of rape and four charges of indecent behaviour.

McCallum, of Straiton Road, Loanhead, was earlier warned by Judge Lord Boyd told him that he faced a “substantial period of imprisonment”.

Today in passing sentence Lord Boyd described his crimes as “grave”