Firefighter Raped Girl After Rescue

A court has heard a firefighter raped a young girl after she had been rescued from a blaze at her house.

John McGinn attacked the nine year-old then told her to keep quiet or he would kill her mum.

A jury heard the 56 year-old also raped and abused a woman he once dated leaving her feeling like a piece of garbage.

McGinn  who went to batter another young girl  branded the allegations downright lies.

He told detectives probing the abuse: "I would rather put a bullet in my own head than be a paedophile."

But, he was convicted of six charges  including rape as well as lewd and libidinous conduct  after a trial at the High Court in Glasgow in June.

McGinn was back in the dock due to be sentenced, but the case was adjourned until again later this month.

McGinn was a firefighter saving lives for more than 30 years based mainly across North Lanarkshire.

He joined colleagues, who battled a blaze at the young rape victim's home in Bellshill in January 1994.

McGinn knew the child and her family having lived in the same area.

The youngster's mum was rushed to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation while the nine year-old was taken to her gran's to be looked after.

McGinn later turned up at the house and it was there he pounced on the traumatised child.

He initially pretended they were playing a game called King of the Castle.

But, while alone, he pulled the girl on top of him, placed his hand over mouth and told her it would be okay.

The victim  now aged 30  recalled: "I told him to stop. He said if I told anyone he would kill my mother."

McGinn claimed the victim had previously tried to blackmail him as she knew he had a lucrative fire brigade pension.

He claimed the rape allegation was payback for not giving her money.

After the verdict in June, Judge Lord Bonomy told McGinn: "You have been found guilty of a monstrous catalogue of physical and sexual abuse of a woman and two young children.

"There is no explanation that could excuse what the jury has found you guilty of. The sentence will inevitably be a lengthy prison sentence."

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