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lunedì 10 agosto 2015
Firefighter raped nine-year-old girl
A firefighter who raped a young girl in North Lanarkshire in 1994 after she had been rescued from a blaze at her house will be sentenced next month.
John McGinn attacked the nine year-old then told her to keep quiet or he would kill her mother.
A jury at the High Court in Glasgow heard how 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 abuse another young girl, branded the allegations as "downright lies".
He told detectives probing the abuse: "I would rather put a bullet in my own head than be a paedophile."
In June McGinn was convicted of six charges including rape as well as lewd and libidinous conduct after a trial and was back in the dock on Monday to be sentenced, however 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 victim's home in Bellshill in January 1994. McGinn knew the child and her family having lived in the same area.
The child's mother was rushed to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation while the nine-year-old was taken to her grandmother's to be looked after. McGinn later turned up at the house and it was there he raped the 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, told the court: "I told him to stop. He said if I told anyone he would kill my mother."
McGinn, who also worked as a bouncer, was held by police almost 20 years later after the woman plucked up the courage to report her ordeal.
However, he insisted the rape was not true and that the victim was not a very nice person.
He told detectives: "It is a downright lie, it did not happen. No chance. For her to come out with that is ridiculous.
"I would rather put a bullet in my own head than be a paedophile. Hanging is too good for a paedophile. Anything they have said is a downright lie."
McGinn claimed the victim had previously tried to blackmail him as she knew he had a lucrative fire brigade pension and claimed the rape allegation was payback for not giving her money.
The jury was also told another woman had also suffered an attack from McGinn around the same time.
The 50 year-old branded the retired fireman "a monster".
They started dating when the woman was only 16 in the mid-1980s, and the pair lived together in Bellshill, but the woman said McGinn made her life a misery, telling her what to wear and giving her pocket money to spend.
She confided in McGinn's mother, but was told: "If he is lifting his hands to you then you must be doing something to deserve it."
The woman told the court she was repeatedly raped by McGinn and only ever consented to sex twice but on one occasion the victim snapped after he had earlier tied her to a bed and sexually assaulted her.
She told the jury: "I was crying. I was saying no. It was hurting, I had had enough."
After then being freed, she grabbed a knife and chased McGinn.
She added: "I would have put the knife right through his heart if I had caught up with him, but he ran and ran."
The witness also described how McGinn had once made her petrified to turn on a light in her house after they split.
She told the trial: "He said he would put petrol in the light bulbs and they would explode."