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Scots rapist attacked schoolgirl while on holiday in Florida

A man has been jailed for a series of sexual assaults including the rape of a schoolgirl while on holiday in Florida.

Matthew Mackie, 68, from East Dunbartonshire, was today sentenced to 12 years imprisonment after being found guilty of a string of attacks spanning a 20-year period. 

A jury heard how the security officer had committed rapes and sexual assaults on three victims between 1999 and 2019 at locations in Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire and East Dunbartonshire. 

A 12-year-old girl was raped in a hotel room by Mackie – who ran a car wash in Barrhead – while she was on a trip to Orlando, Florida in 2002. 

And the abuse continued on her return to Scotland. 

The youngest victim was just seven years old when Mackie started abusing her.   

His third victim was 17 when she met Mackie, then 44, at work.  He went on to repeatedly rape and assault her. 

At the High Court in Glasgow, Mackie was jailed for a total of 12 years and his name was added to the sex offenders register indefinitely. 

Welcoming today’s sentence, Fraser Gibson, Scotland’s Procurator Fiscal for High Court Sexual Offences, said:  

“Matthew Mackie was a danger to girls and women over the course of many years.  His offending has been brought to an end by the courage of those he targeted. 

“His case shows that allegations of sex abuse do not disappear with the passage of time.  Every report made forms a picture of criminal behaviour, which the Crown will consider in the pursuit of justice. 

“Our children are protected by our Judicial System, even when child sexual abuse is perpetrated abroad by British Nationals, or residents. 

“We would encourage any victims of sexual assault to come forward, report it and seek help.”