Aberdeen child rapist jailed for four years

John William Barbour

An Aberdeen child rapist who preyed on young girls three decades ago was jailed for four years today.

John Barbour began abusing his first victim as a schoolboy and went on to target a second child when he was still a teenager.

First offender Barbour, 52, had earlier denied five charges of indecency and rape during a trial at the High Court in Edinburgh.

Father-of-four Barbour, of Danestone Terrace, Bridge of Don, in Aberdeen, was found guilty of two offences of indecency and one rape charge.

He was convicted of pinning a young girl against a wall and molesting her and getting her to perform a sex act on him between December 1978 and December the following year in Aberdeen.

He was also convicted of molesting a second girl between August 1984 and December 1986 and raping her in Aberdeen.

He was acquitted of two further charge alleging indecency and rape against the second girl between 1987 and 1988 on not proven verdicts.

A judge told Barbour at the High Court in Edinburgh that it was clear from victim impact statements that his behaviour had “a severe and detrimental effect” on the lives of victims.

Lord Ericht said he had been convicted of a number of serious offences but he took into account that the first occurred when he was a child aged 13 to 14.

Defence counsel Mark Stewart QC said Barbour continued to maintain that he was innocent of any wrongdoing and added he did not pose a risk to the public.

Barbour was placed on the sex offenders’ register.