Man jailed for non-recent abuse of girls in Fallin

Published 11 September 2019

JOHN BARRA man responsible for the non-recent sexual abuse of two young girls in Stirlingshire has been jailed.

At Edinburgh High Court on Tuesday 10th September, John Barr was sentenced to seven-years in prison for the attacks, which took place at two addresses within Fallin between October 1983 and October 1991.

One of the girls was aged between 6 and 15-years-old when she was subjected to serious sexual assaults at the hands of Barr, who is now aged 67.

The other girl was aged between 13 and 18-years-old when she was also subjected to serious sexual assaults.

Barr came to the attention of Forth Valley's Public Protection Unit in November 2017, when one of the women, both of whom are now in their forties, contacted police to report the abuse.

An investigation followed, with a previous case from 2003 relating to the other woman being re-opened.

Following this investigation Barr was charged on 21st March 2018 before being found guilty of four charges of rape and one charge of lewd and libidinous practices at Edinburgh High Court on 26th July 2019.

Detective Constable David Brown from Forth Valley's Divisional Rape Investigation Unit said: "For almost a decade, John Barr preyed on two young girls and committed horrific sexual offences against the pair.

"Had it not been for their bravery in coming forward his crimes could have gone un-punished. Now, however, he will serve a custodial sentence and I wish to thank both women for their continued support of their the police investigation.

"It is my sincere hope that both can now put their respective ordeals behind them and move on with their lives.

"We are committed to bringing all perpetrators for sexual abuse to justice and time is no barrier for our inquiries. We would urge anyone who wishes to report sexual crime, regardless of when it occurred, to contact us so we can conduct a thorough and professional investigation."

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