Thomas McArthur now of Rankine Street, Johnstone

A serial sex beast who raped a Paisley schoolgirl has been back in the dock.

Vile Thomas McArthur — who was also involved in a horrific gang rape of another teenager — broke the strict conditions of his release from a 10-year prison stretch.

Originally from Ferguslie Park, the 58-year-old has a shocking record of sexual violence against very young women, dating back to the early 1980s.

Now living in Johnstone and suffering from prostate cancer, he cut a frail and grizzled figure when he appeared in the dock at Paisley Sheriff Court charged with flouting the terms of the Sex Offenders’ Act.

McArthur was just 23 when he was part of a gang of six — four men and two women — involved in the kidnapping, beating and raping of a 17-year-old girl at a house in Paisley.

He was caged for four years at the High Court in Glasgow.

His five co-accused were sentenced to a total of 20 years for their part in the attack.

Then, in 2001, McArthur struck again, pouncing on a 15-year-old girl as she slept and raping her.

The traumatised teenager was forced to relive the terrifying ordeal at the High Court in Paisley in 2003, where the then 45-year-old monster was later found guilty and jailed for 10 years.

McArthur, now of Rankine Street, Johnstone, agreed to abide by the terms of his the Sex Offenders’ Act when he was eventually released from prison.

However, the court heard this week that he failed to inform the police within three days of setting up a new bank account, a strict condition of his release under the legislation.

He pleaded guilty to possessing the bank card between July 1, 2016 and December 14, 2016 at his address and at Mill Street police office in Paisley, where he failed to comply with his release order, without a reasonable excuse.

Fiscal depute Margaret McCallum told the court: “Because of the conviction, the accused is required to comply with notification requirements, one of which is the requirement to register bank account details within three days of any change of details.

“Two officers visited his home address on December 14, 2016, and at the time he was asked if there was any change in his financial circumstances.

“He presented a new RBS debit card dated from July 2016. The officers reminded him the notification required him to register it within three days of any change in his circumstances.

“The accused replied he wasn’t aware he hadn’t done this. Police informed him the matter was being reported.”

His defence agent Kirsty McGeehan said McArthur, who was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer, admitted he should have been aware of his legal requirements, but he accepted his responsibility with an early plea of guilty.

But McArthur was warned that breaking terms of his release could have led to a jail stretch.

Sheriff Tom McCartney said: “Notification requirements you are subject to are very important and failure to comply with them is a serious matter, which very often results in a prison sentence.

“Because you have accepted responsibility for this at the earliest opportunity, I will not do that.”

He fined McArthur £400, reduced from £600, because he admitted his guilt early on in the case.

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/sex-beast-who-helped-gang-9973809

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