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Jail for convicted sex offender who abused two children

Jail for convicted sex offender who abused two children

A sex offender who abused two children in Perth last summer has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.

John Kinloch (46), a prisoner at Perth, carried out one of the attacks while his young victim’s mother sat unaware downstairs, Dundee Sheriff Court was told.

Kinloch, who has two previous convictions for sexual offences, had admitted two charges of sexual assault at addresses in Perth last summer.

Advocate Ronnie Renucci, defending, said a psychiatric report had noted that his client was at a ”high risk” of reoffending.

He said: ”Mr Kinloch does recognise the pattern of offending he has committed. He accepts that his actions are totally unacceptable and wrong.”

The court was told Kinloch had a low IQ and learning difficulties. The court had heard previously that Kinloch had abused the children during the school holidays last summer. He had also lured the children to his house asking them if they wanted to see his budgies.

One of the assaults took place while one of the children’s mothers was downstairs, the court had heard.

One of the victims had told police that it ”felt horrible”. The child had not told anyone of the abuse as Kinloch had said not to.

Sheriff Elizabeth Munro also sentenced Kinloch to an extended sentence of three years when he will be placed on licence following his release from jail. He was also placed on the sex offenders register indefinitely.

Sheriff Munro told him: ”Because of the seriousness of the crimes, your record, and the risk to the public in particular, only the imposition of a custodial sentence and that of an extended sentence is appropriate.

”I have to warn you that if you breach the extended sentence you will be returned to prison.”

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