A Perth man has been jailed for 12 years for violent and sexual crimes against two women and seven children in Perthshire.
David McLeish was previously found guilty of rape, sexual assault and assault at various addresses in the area after a two-week trial at the High Court in Edinburgh.
The 49-year-old’s campaign of terror began in September 1996 and ended in December 2009.
His victims — who cannot be named for legal reasons — were aged between four and 43.
The court heard two women were pregnant when he raped them and that he battered children with belts and slippers.
McLeish was convicted of four charges of rape and two of lewd and libidinous conduct.
He was also found guilty of eight charges of physical assault and two charges of sexual assault.
At the High Court in Glasgow today, McLeish was sentenced to 12 years in prison and six further years of supervision following release.
He has also been placed on the sex offenders register.
Man convicted of subjecting two women and seven children to horrific sexual and physical abuse
A man who subjected two women and seven children to horrific sexual and physical attacks is facing a lengthy prison sentence.
David McLeish, 49, was convicted of rape, sexual assault and assault charges following a two-week trial at the High Court in Edinburgh.
The court heard how his victims, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, were aged between four and 43.
Unemployed McLeish’s campaign of abuse took place at various addresses in the Perthshire area between September 1996 and December 2009.
During his attacks, McLeish, who lives on state benefits, raped two pregnant women and assaulted children with belts and slippers.
He was finally brought to justice after his victims plucked up enough courage to contact the police.
On Friday, after a day and a half of deliberation, a jury convicted McLeish of four charges of rape and two charges of lewd and libidinous conduct.
He was also convicted of eight charges of physical assault and two charges of sexual assault.
Temporary judge John Beckett QC remanded McLeish in custody and deferred sentence so the court can obtain reports about his character.
Placing him on the sex offenders register, judge Beckett told McLeish: “Due to the nature of the serious sexual offences to which you have been convicted of, you will be remanded in custody.”
McLeish, of Perth, had maintained his innocence throughout his trial.
However, prosecution lawyers were able to prove that he was a violent criminal.
The court heard that McLeish started sexually abusing his first victim when she was aged just nine years old in 1996 at a house in Perth. He then repeatedly assaulted and raped her on numerous occasions, including when she was pregnant.
Between February 1997 and February 2000 he sexually abused and repeatedly beat up a young girl. She was aged just six when the abuse began.
McLeish also repeatedly beat up a young boy between September 1996 and October 2003. The court heard he was five when McLeish began using a belt and slipper in his attacks.
He also repeatedly beat a girl aged four in October 1998 and continued to beat her until May 2002. He also struck a five-year-old boy in October 1998 and picked on him on numerous occasions until 2004.
In June 2000, McLeish raped another pregnant woman, who gave evidence in court. The 43-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said McLeish came to her house before attacking her.
“It was at night time. It was after the kids had gone to bed. Everybody was sleeping. I was in bed as well,” she said.
“He just kind of tried to be all over me. I knew he had been drinking. He was trying to feel me up. I was saying ‘no I don’t want anything.’
“I kept saying ‘no’. He wasn’t really listening. He just wanted to keep going. I was just trying to push him off. I was just scared.”
When asked by prosecution lawyer Shanti Maguire about how she felt, the woman added: “I was scared. I felt really disgusted.
“I told him that I didn’t want sex. I told him that he forced me to do that. I told him to just go.”
Another woman gave evidence about how McLeish physically assaulted another of his victims. The woman was a guest at a house where McLeish was staying.
The woman, who also cannot be named, said she heard banging noises in another room and that she thought McLeish was attacking a woman.
She said she saw the victim with a cut lip, a black eye and marks around her neck the following morning.
In December 2009, McLeish raped another 43-year-old woman.
McLeish pleaded not guilty to the offences but was convicted by a jury. After the verdict was given, Ms Maguire revealed that McLeish had previous convictions.
Judge Beckett deferred sentence for the court to obtain reports. McLeish will be sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow on February 13, 2015.
Detective Sergeant Marshall McKay, who lead the police investigation said: “David McLeish is a dangerous individual, who physically and sexually abused his domestic partners and their children throughout his adult life.
“I would personally like to thank the women and their families for the strength and courage they have shown in coming forward. In doing so they have ensured that McLeish has been brought to justice and cannot move on to abuse other unsuspecting victims.”