A sex attacker who raped two young girls is facing a lengthy jail-term.

Douglas McDonald struck in the 1990s when the victims were as young as two and three.

The 54 year-old had denied the sick crimes at a trial at the High Court in Glasgow.

But, jurors found him guilty of raping both as two charges of lewd and libidinous behaviour towards each.

The offences occurred between 1996 and 1998 at different locations in Renfrewshire including Elderslie.

It emerged he already had a number of previous convictions including for indecent exposure.

Prosecutor Tracey Brown revealed McDonald had first been due to face the charges at Paisley Sheriff Court in January 2021.

But, she said he “failed to appear” and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

He was finally hauled into the dock later that month before being bailed pending the high court trial.

McDonald, now of Forfar, Angus, was today remanded in custody with sentencing due next month.

Judge Douglas Brown said: “Given the charges, there will be a substantial period of imprisonment.”

After the pervert was taken handcuffed to the cells, Judge Douglas Brown told jurors they had had to listen to “distressing” evidence.

He added: “There is a counselling service available, if you wish to use it.”

Sentencing was deferred for reports until 27th June in Lanark.

McDonald was put on the sex offenders list meantime.

By Grant McCabe

Renfrewshire News Court Reporter

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