Aberdeen man, 52, found guilty of sex attacks on girls in 1980s

The High Court in Edinburgh

A child rapist who preyed on young girls has been brought to justice – 30 years after his offending ended.

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 denied five charges of indecency and rape during a trial at the High Court in Edinburgh.

But after he was found guilty of two offences of indecency and one of rape, a judge rejected a defence motion to continue his bail and remanded him in custody.

Lord Ericht deferred sentence on Barbour, whose address was given in court as Danestone Terrace, in Aberdeen, until next month for reports.

Barbour was found guilty 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 young girl between August 1984 and December 1986 and raping her in Aberdeen.

He was acquitted of two further charges alleging indecency and rape against the second girl on not proven verdicts.

The first victim told the court that as a little girl her parents would regularly send her to get newspapers from a shop.

But she said Barbour subjected her to indecent conduct after grabbing her.

She said that when it happened he had been waiting for her and took her by the arm to the back of a landing at a block of flats.

She said: “I realised something was not right so I started screaming. He put his hand over my mouth.”

The victim, now a care home employee, said she screamed because it was painful, but added: “The more I screamed the more he covered my mouth.”

She said she collected the newspapers and returned home.

She said: “I didn’t tell anyone. The reason I didn’t tell anybody was because I thought I had done something wrong. I just remember being very scared.”

Barbour was placed on the sex offenders’ register.