A paedophile who abused two young girls will be sentenced in high court after a judge deemed the case too serious.
Richard Tattam, 45, from North Marston, appeared before Sheriff Kenneth Robb at Stranraer Sheriff Court in Scotland this week and was told the case will be passed to higher powers due to the nature of the crime.
Sheriff Robb said: “Having heard the details in depth and considered all the victim impact statements, I have taken the decision to pass this case to the high court for sentencing.”
In February, Tattam admitted to a string of sexual assaults on the girls, starting when one was just nine years old and living in Creetown, Scotland. The abuse continued for many years on both youngsters.
One of the girls attempted to call Childline five times during the period of abuse but was too scared to admit the truth, which was only revealed after one started seeing a boyfriend.
Tattam was born in North Marston and went to school in Winslow. He moved to Scotland in 2002 with his job as a BT engineer and the abuse began a couple of years later.
He moved back to North Marston after being arrested by police last year and had lived in the village since then, working as a gardener.
Tattam is now due to appear before a judge at a later date.