Former Brechin man gets eleven years for sex attacks

A FORMER Brechin man has been sent to prison for 11 years after being convicted of carrying out sex attacks on six young girls.

Matthew Ramage, aged seventy, formerly of Trinity, by Brechin, was found guilty of a string of offences dating back forty years.

He had previously denied all charges against him of rape and sexual assault at the High Court in Edinburgh last month.

However, he was found guilty by a jury after a trial. The former gamekeeper’s crimes were committed between June 1973 and May 1994 at addresses across the country, including Angus and Lanark.

One victim was raped as an 11-year-old and suffered further abuse over an 11-year spell.

The other five victims were aged between 12 and 16 when the abuse began.

Ramage, who had no previous criminal convictions, was told by judge Lord Stewart at the High Court in Glasgow that there was no alternative to a significant prison sentence.

Ramage was also placed on the sex offenders register indefinitely.