“I’m just glad it’s all over.”
Those were the words of a sexual assault victim who had waited nearly four years for her abuser to be brought to justice.
Colin Brown, 43, was jailed for nine years at the High Court in Edinburgh.
Brown, formerly of Exchange Street, Dundee, was earlier convicted of raping two girls and molesting and trying to rape a third victim.
His first offence happened in 2001, and it took nine years for the case to be reported to police.
One of the victims told the Tele: “This case was brought to the police’s attention in 2010, so it’s nearly four years of waiting for it to get to court.
“I’m just glad it’s all over.
“No sentence is going to be long enough, but it’s a sentence at the end of the day.
“He’s ruined three children’s childhoods. No way is nine years long enough.”
The woman encouraged people in similar situations, who have been subjected to sexual abuse at the hands of others, to make their cases known.
“You might as well get it over and done with and tell someone,” she added. “It gets it all out in the open. Once it’s dealt with, it’s easier to get help than sitting with it.”
On Friday, a judge told Brown that she was satisfied that he “presented a serious risk of harm to children”.
Lady Scott ordered that he be supervised for a further three years beyond his jail term and warned that he can be returned to prison during that period if he breaches conditions of his release on licence.
The judge said that Brown’s first two victims, who were the youngest targets of his abuse, were “utterly defenceless” and the third, who was older, had tried to fight back.
Lady Scott said: “Your victims have been left robbed of their childhood.”
The judge said Brown’s convictions showed a persistent course of conduct by him over a period of about four years and the second victim had spoken of being raped “on numerous occasions”.
Brown preyed on one girl from a young age and molested her and tried to rape her on one occasion at a house in Dundee between March 2001 and May 2002. He assaulted and raped a second young girl on various occasions between March 2001 and January 2004 at a house in the city. Brown raped a third victim at houses in Dundee.
He had denied the offences but was found guilty by a jury at an earlier trial of indecent behaviour, attempted rape and rape. Brown was put on the sex offenders’ register for life.