A man has been caged after raping a schoolgirl when he was still a teen.
Daniel Colville, now 25, was jailed on Monday after he raped the nine-year-old child – who cannot be identified – when he was still a schoolboy.
A court heard that on two occasions he had removed her clothing and sexually assaulted and raped her under the guise of playing a so-called “tickle game”.
The incidents, at an address in Fife, happened between December 2010 and February 2011 when Colville himself was still 14.
Colville, of Dunfermline, denied rape and said in evidence that the incidents had never happened.
After a six-day trial at the High Court in Stirling, he was found guilty by a jury, by a majority verdict.
He was also found guilty, by a majority, of sexually assaulting a teenage girl, over the age of consent, in a late-night incident at the Tesco superstore in Regents Way, Dalgety Bay, and of having unlawful sexual intercourse with an under-age teenage girl.
Defence counsel Michael Anderson, advocate, said Colville was currently unemployed.
He said: “He recognises a sentence of imprisonment is inevitable.”
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He was also placed on the sex offenders’ register.