A former Creetown man was remanded in custody this week after admitting a string of sexual assaults on two young girls.
Richard Tattum, 45, from Creetown, who has been living in Buckinghamshire latterly, pled guilty to the charges in Stranraer Sheriff Court on Tuesday.
The court was told how some of the offences only came to light after one of the victims’ doctor noticed self-harming marks on her legs which led to her emotional confession of how she had been abused over a period of years.
Fiscal Kirsty McGowan told the court that the abuse started when one of the victims was just nine years old.
The court heard that Tattum, who also lived in Kirkinner before moving to Creetown, bought the girls gifts including adult toys and a nipple ring.
He said Tattum had told one of the girls he could see into her bedroom window from outside her house, which led her to cover her window with posters, and told her that by telling anyone what was happening, she would ruin her family’s lives. He also tried to show her pornography and she tried calling Childline five times throughout the period of abuse, which ended when she was aged 16 and told Tattum it was “the last time you’ll ever do that.” The abuse was disclosed when she began seeing a boyfriend.
However, it emerged he had also been abusing a second girl. The court heard that a friend noticed strange behaviour from the girl when she came to sleep over which would see her curl into a ball at the slightest sound in the house and pretend to be asleep.
When Tattum was confronted by police, he said: “I’ll get what I deserve. I’ll quit my job - why would my mates work with a paedo?”
Tattum was remanded in custody until sentencing on March 25. He was also placed on the sex offenders’ register.