December 2002

Rape hell girl, 13, forced to have abortion

A SELF-confessed paedophile was jailed for life yesterday for raping a 13- year-old girl who later had to have an abortion.

Derek Differ was described as a danger to all children and told he would serve at least six years.

The 64-year-old, of Croy, Dunbartonshire, admitted raping the 13-year-old girl on several occasions.

He also admitted sexually abusing three other girls – one as young as 10 – over a period of nine years.

At a previous hearing, the High Court in Dunfermline heard Differ’s depravity only came to an end in July last year when his last victim told an aunt what had been happening. The girl’s parents then went to the police.

Mhari Richards, defending, told Lord Hardie yesterday: “Differ confessed to the offences in order to spare the victims having to come to court to give evidence.”

After reading reports, Lord Hardie told Differ yesterday: “You are a high risk offender to all children.

“By far the most serious of the offences before me involves the rape of a young girl while you were in a position of trust.

“She became pregnant and the baby was aborted at 20 weeks while she was only 13 and you continued intercourse with this girl.

“The public must be protected from you and the only way I can do this is to impose a life sentence.”

The judge told Differ he would not get parole for at least six years and would be on license for the rest of his life when he was eventually released.