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Morain Scott, the father of Helen Scott, talks to the press after Angus Sinclair was found guilty of raping and murdering her and Christine Eadie 37 years ago. Photo: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Morain Scott, the father of Helen Scott, talks to the press after Angus Sinclair was found guilty of raping and murdering her and Christine Eadie 37 years ago. Photo: David Cheskin/PA Wire

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Morain Scott, the father of Helen Scott, talks to the press after Angus Sinclair was found guilty of raping and murdering her and Christine Eadie 37 years ago. Photo: David Cheskin/PA Wire

A convicted killer and paedophile has been found guilty of raping and murdering two teenage girls 37 years ago.

Christine Eadie and Helen Scott, both 17, were brutally killed after a night out at Edinburgh's World's End pub on October 15, 1977, with their bodies discovered the following day in East Lothian. They had been bound and strangled with their own underwear.

Angus Sinclair (69) was convicted of the rape and murder of both girls after a trial at the High Court in Livingston lasting five weeks. The prosecution is the first under changes to Scotland's double jeopardy law which meant he could be re-tried for their murders after the court case against him collapsed seven years ago.

Sinclair, a serial rapist who has been in jail for more than 30 years, was accused of carrying out the attacks with his brother-in-law, Gordon Hamilton, who died in 1996.

In reaching their verdict, jurors were unaware that Sinclair has already spent more than half of his life in prison. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent