Newton Stewart rapist convicted

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A rapist who got his victim pregnant three times following repeated sex attacks is behind bars.

A judge this week said William Wood was guilty of “sub-human depravity”, following a trial at the High Court in Glasgow.

The 71-year-old denied the offences – stretching back to the 1970s – which occurred at addresses in Galloway.

Wood was convicted of a string of charges which also included the sexual abuse of another young female. The perverted OAP faces a lengthy jail term when he is sentenced next month.

Shameless

A shameless Wood smiled and gave a thumbs up to a woman in the courtroom as he was led to the cells.

Judge Lord Stewart spoke to the jury afterwards and said: “The evidence that has been heard has painted a picture of sub-human depravity and tear-jerking misery.”

The rape victim who fell pregnant was only a child when the abuse began.

Wood, of Newton Stewart, had also been accused of assaulting her in a bid to abort one of the pregnancies.

The court heard Wood also repeatedly attacked another girl around the same time.

Prosecutor Jane Farquharson, in her closing speech to the jury, said Wood had behaved in a way that could not be “tolerated in a civilised society”.

She added: “He has a capacity for violence and control and lack of concern for anyone else but himself.”

Ms Farquharson also said the impact for his victims was “far-reaching”.

Wood is due to be sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh on May 27.