The Crown is to appeal against the four-year sentence handed to a child rapist who preyed on young girls.
John Barbour, 52, from Aberdeen, was convicted of historical sex abuse charges at the High Court in Edinburgh earlier this year.
He was handed the four-year jail term by Lord Ericht.
Now an appeal hearing against his sentence by the Crown is to take place tomorrow.
The hearing will be heard before three judges at the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh.
The Crown has the right to appeal against “unduly lenient” sentences, however the appeal court states that a Crown sentence appeal will not succeed just because the court considers it would have passed a more severe sentence than the sentencing judge did.
Barbour had denied five charges of indecency and rape during a trial at the High Court in Edinburgh.
The father-of-four 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 charges alleging indecency and rape against the second girl between 1987 and 1988 on not proven verdicts.
During the trial the first victim told the court that as a 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.”
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.