Rapist jailed for 22 years shows ‘no remorse’

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A child rapist who denied a string of sexual assault and physical abuse claims has been jailed for 22 years.

William Wood, 71, from Newton Stewart was convicted by a jury last month of rape, attempted rape, threats and assault spanning from 1970 to 1991.

The court was told at the trial that during this time, Wood got one of his victims pregnant three times.

Sentencing him at the High Court in Edinburgh on Monday, judge Lord Stewart said: “The story that the jurors heard was one of sub-human depravity and tear-jerking misery.”

His earlier trial at the High Court in Glasgow heard the former forester began the attacks on one girl when she was just six years old, and he also assaulted her by punching her and spitting on her as well as threatening her.

The court was told he also preyed on a second girl who was raped on various occasions over a 12-year period. She was also physically assaulted and threatened.

Wood also subjected a male to physical attacks during which the victim was forced to the ground and punched.

Defence solicitor advocate Brian Gilfedder said Wood denied in most respects the allegations against him and continued to do so in a background report prepared on him.

He said it was accepted that a lengthy prison sentence was “inevitable” but asked the judge to take into account the passage of time since the offending.

Lord Stewart told Wood he had shown no regret or remorse.

He added: “You remain in denial. You sit there shaking your head today.”

The judge said the seriousness of the offending and its duration meant there was really no option but to impose lengthy custodial sentences.

He pointed out that by denying the charges Wood had made victims come to court and relive their experiences.

Wood was also placed on the sex offenders register.