A PAEDOPHILE rapist who repeatedly assaulted two young girls has been jailed for 16 years.
Winchester Crown Court heard last week that one of the victims was only nine when Stewart Thomas McDevitt, 50, began abusing her.
McDevitt, from Amesbury, denied the abuse when he was arrested in March last year but was found guilty of eight counts of indecent assault and two of rape by a jury sitting at Portsmouth Crown Court following a one-week trial starting on July 2.
He was cleared of a further three counts of indecent assault.
Speaking after the sentencing, DC Darren Ambrose of Wiltshire Police said: “McDevitt preyed on two innocent girls, which had a long-lasting and devastating effect on them.
“They have shown great courage in coming forward and speaking to police and we hope that this case will encourage any other victims of sexual abuse to report it.
“McDevitt has continued to deny any involvement but the jury found him guilty and the prison sentence imposed today reflects the vile nature of his crime.”
McDevitt, now of Barne Barton, Plymouth, was also made subject to a sexual offences prevention order.