October 2018

Stock car racer jailed for Dalkeith sexual abuse

A teenage stock car racer who sexually assaulted two young girls has been jailed for three years and nine months.

James Dillon (18), raped and abused one little girl on various occasions between October 2014 and October 2016 at a house in Dalkeith.

The High Court in Livingston heard how she was just eight-years-old when Dillon started the abuse against her.

The sportsman also subjected another eight-year-old girl to two sexual assaults, also in Dalkeith, between September 2014 and September 2015

Dillon, of Edinburgh, denied any wrong doing at a trial. But jurors convicted him of rape and sexual assault charges.

He was jailed following a hearing at the High Court in Edinburgh.

Dillon competes in stock car racing and is part of the Mayfield Mob team with his father, who is also called James.

He had denied raping one of the girls and also pled not guilty to sexually assaulting another child.

On August 30, a jury took just over four hours to return majority verdicts finding Dillon guilty of both charges.

Both girls gave evidence that he exposed himself to them in private before committing the sexual offences against them.

Passing sentence, Lord Summers also said he was following appeal court guidance in his sentencing of Dillon.