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Published On: Thu, Apr 20th, 2017 at 9:55am

Child rapist Ross Muir jailed for eight years at High Court

A man responsible for the rape of a child was jailed for eight years yesterday.

Ross Muir (36) was found guilty, at the High Court in Edinburgh in March, of raping an 11-year-old girl.

The incident happened in the west of Edinburgh on 11th October 2015 in Muir’s car after he had communicated with his intended victim via social media on her mobile telephone.

Detective Chief Inspector Martin MacLean of Edinburgh’s Public Protection Unit said: “This was a significant and serious case where an older man used social media to pretend to be someone he was not and lure his victim out of the safety of her home.

“He made out he was the same age as his victim to take advantage of her youth and innocence and subject her to a harrowing ordeal, the effects of which are likely to be borne by her for the rest of her life.

“I would once again like to commend her courage in coming forward and in giving evidence against Muir which helped to secure his conviction.

“This was a painstaking investigation which secured damning forensic evidence against Muir and highlights the dangers present with modern communications technology.

“Parents need to be aware of how their children are using the internet, their mobile phones and other devices. I would encourage them to be as intrusive as necessary to ensure what their children are doing is safe.

“Police Scotland is committed to tackling all instances of rape and sexual assault and continues to work with our partners, including the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, to bring offenders to justice.”

For further advice on Online Safety and how to keep your child safe please refer to the Keep Your Child Safe Online page in Keep Safe.

A spokesman for NSPCC Scotland said: “Muir’s predatory actions were horrific and we hope the sentence passed will offer his victim some relief.
“Sexual crimes against children are offences of the utmost seriousness and have a devastating effect on the victims which can last into adulthood.
“In denying his crime Muir forced his victim to relive the terrifying assault in court and her bravery in speaking out should be commended as it has helped to ensure his conviction.
“Abuse ruins childhoods and it is vital that the victim receives the necessary support to recover from her ordeal.”
Any adult concerned about the welfare of a child or young person can call the NSPCC helpline for free, 24/7, on 0808 800 5000. Children can call Childline at any time on 0800 1111.

 

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About the Author

- John graduated from Telford College in 2010 with an HNC in Practical Journalism and since then has worked for the North Edinburgh News, The Southern Reporter, the Irish News Review and the Edinburgh Reporter. In addition he has been published in the Edinburgh Evening News and the Hibernian HC Programme.

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