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A disabled Deeside man has been sentenced to three years in prison after being found guilty of three charges of abuse against two girls.

Alexander Donald, 76, who is paralysed from the waist down, appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court last Thursday afternoon.

Donald, whose address was listed in court papers as Muir Lodge, Dess, Aboyne removed dark sun glasses before hearing his sentence in the jury trial.

Defence agent Peter Shepherd called for a sentence of community service and for Mr Donald to take part in a joint sex offender’s programme, claiming Donald “is no longer a danger to anyone”.

The defendant had previously stated that he would be “happy given the chance to work unpaid hours and join the programme.”

Sheriff Annella Cowan, told the defence: “Although these incidents occurred many years ago that has to be balanced by the fact the young women have lived with his actions for years”

The two female victims, who are now adults, had given evidence on the case.

Sheriff Cowan said: “They were very convincing witnesses”

Donald remained silent throughout the hearing, as the Judge went on to say: “I have come to the view that the only appropriate sentence is one of custody.”

Donald was found guilty of abusing two girls in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Who were said to be 8 and 9 years old.

An ex partner of Donald’s, who wishes to remain unnamed, told the Piper: “This was the man who I’d loved all these years, I believed he loved me, then I realised he never really knew what love is.”

She said she knew nothing about the abuse until three years ago: “It was partly to show his power, we had a good relationship. This was a very big shock to me I only knew about it when the police came to the door and arrested him.

“I would certainly advise anyone who this has happened to come forward.”

A source close to Mr Donald told the Piper that the 76-year-old was “no threat” and didn’t deserve a custodial sentence: “The sentence seems very brutal to me. He’s absolutely no threat at his age, its going to cost, according to my figures, somewhere between £300- 400 thousand pounds a year to keep him jailed.”