Man convicted for serious abuse of women and children

Published 06 December 2018

A man has today (6th December 2018) been convicted for subjecting women and children to serious physical and sexual abuse.

William McArthurWilliam McArthur, now aged 35 from Armadale, was convicted of 11 offences, including the attempted murder of a child and three counts of rape, following a trial at Edinburgh High Court.

The offences, committed against seven women and children, all took place between March 2014 and January 2018 in the Dumfries, Armadale and Grangemouth areas.

McArthur was found guilty of five sexual offences, which include the rape of a woman and a teenage girl, as well as the serious sexual assault of a younger child.

He was also found guilty of the attempted murder of a child, three counts of assault and previously pled guilty to two stalking offences.

An investigation was launched by detectives into McArthur after a then four-year-old girl was found to have sustained serious injuries while in his care at an address in Grangemouth on 4th January 2018.

Detective Chief Inspector Nigel Thacker of Forth Valley's Public Protection Unit said: "McArthur is a depraved individual who perpetrated a catalogue of serious physical and sexual violence against women and children.

"He is undoubtedly a danger and we welcome his conviction. The Public Protection Unit is absolutely committed to bringing perpetrators of such despicable crimes to justice, and we will continue to work tirelessly to do so.

"Anyone with information or concerns that someone may be a victim of physical or sexual abuse is urged to contact Police Scotland via 101, or report this anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, as soon as possible.”

McArthur is due to be sentenced on 16th January 2019.

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