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Sex abuser brought to justice after nearly four decades

An Aberdeen man who sexually abused two young girls in the 1970’s and 1980’s was today jailed for four years. The court heard that John Barbour started abusing the first girl when she was four years old as she walked to a local shop on a Sunday morning in 1978.

Barbour went on to abuse his victim on a regular basis, exposing himself, performing sex acts on her or forcing her to perform sex acts on him.

The abuse of the second girl, also four years old at the time, started in the summer of 1984 and over the next four years Barbour sexually assaulted and raped her on a number of occasions.

In October 2016 one of his victims made a statement to Police and after further investigation Barbour appeared in court some weeks later.

Speaking after the sentencing at the High Court in Edinburgh, Procurator Fiscal for Sexual Offences, Kenny Donnelly said:

"The jury has convicted John Barbour of serious sexual offences against two vulnerable young girls.

“For nearly thirty years he may well have thought that he had escaped justice but he was wrong and thanks to the courage of his victims in coming forward to report what happened to them he is now paying the consequences for his actions.

“Whilst we recognise that reporting cases of sexual abuse can be an extremely daunting prospect, we would encourage all victims of such crimes, wherever and whenever they were committed, to come forward and report them.

“Victims of abuse can be confident that if they report their experiences to the Police they will be treated with the utmost professionalism and sensitivity by them and our expert prosecutors.”