A vile Paisley predator subjected a young girl to years of sex abuse.
Twisted David Craig, 29, repeatedly targeted his victim from the age of just eight.
The abuse took place at a home in Erskine between 2005 and July 2011.
He was finally snared a decade later when his victim told someone about her horrific ordeal and the cops were alerted.
Procurator fiscal depute David McDonald told Paisley Sheriff Court Craig abused the girl as she watched cartoons.
Mr McDonald explained: “At this time, she was in the living room watching cartoons.
“David Craig came in and sat beside her, she felt awkward and so picked up her covers and went and lay down at the opposite end of the couch and pretended to go to sleep.
“The accused manoeuvred himself under the girl’s covers and began touching his penis.
“She knew what he was doing but she kept her eyes shut pretending to be asleep and turned on her side.
“He immediately turned himself so he was facing into her back and began grinding (himself against her).
“She lay still and pretended to be sleeping.”
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Court heard the victim recalled similar incidents happening for a number of years.
Vile Craig would also climb into the girl’s bed and masturbate.
And on multiple occasions over the years, Craig attempted to rape the youngster.
The court heard Craig was “fat” and during one sickening incident he lay on top of her so she could not move.
Mr McDonald added: “The accused groped initially over her clothing and then under.
“He then performed oral sex on her”
Court heard the victim challenged Craig about the abuse years later.
Mr McDonald explained: “While on a night out she began receiving messages from the accused and he asked, ‘ask anything if u wanna xx’
“He repeated this a number of times, attaching kissing emojis.
“She replied, ‘See when we were younger why did you do all that stuff? Just be honest.’
“Craig replied, ‘I love u x’
“She again replied, ‘Tell me, so why did you do it?’
“And he responded, I love you. Can’t believe am saying this but I get jealous when I see with new bfs x.’
“The victim revealed what was happening to someone and the police were contacted.”
Defence agent Mr Barr told the court that at the time of the offences Craig “saw her as someone he could have a relationship with” but explained he suffers mentally.
Sheriff Eoin McGinty said: “These are serious offences over a period of time.”
Sheriff McGinty deferred sentencing for the preparation of a criminal justice social work report and a restriction of liberty order assessment.
Craig’s bail was continued and he will return to court for sentencing next month. He was placed on the Sex Offenders Register meantime.
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