A man has been found guilty of abusing two Glenrothes sisters when they were youngsters.
The verdict marked the end of a five year wait for justice for a 21-year-old victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons.
In 2008 she had reported how James Thomson (54), had molested her at her home in Glenrothes years earlier.
Social workers sent her mum on a course to teach her how to spot tell-tale signs of abuse, but it was considered there was not enough evidence for a successful prosecution.
Police could not move against Thomson until three years later when his second victim, now 18, finally agreed to back her older sister’s story.
But by then Thomson had fled to Ireland and moves were begun to extradite him.
Thomson, described as homeless by that stage, finally appeared before a sheriff in Kirkcaldy in August 2012.
When he appeared for trial he denied a catalogue of abuse dating back to October 2000 which began with fondling and touching but included rape, oral sex, exposing himself and masturbating in front of the girls.
DNA from the carpet in the older sister’s bedroom helped convict Thomson.
Advocate depute Peter Ferguson QC told a jury a the High Court in Edinburgh on Friday they had to believe both girls before they could find Thomson guilty of anything.
He also warned the jury not to expect evidence from eye witnesses: “Sex offences, particularly against young children are covert and secret, furtive and disgusting things.”
But, he told the jury: “The accused pursued what can only be described as a course of predatory conduct.”
Solicitor advocate Krista Johnston, defending, cast doubt on their claims, saying the older girl had a reputation for telling lies and had run away from home.
But, by majority, a jury found Thomson guilty of seven charges. A rape allegation that he held the younger girl down on a bed and forced her to have sex with him was dropped during the trial.
One girl was only eight years old when Thomson began to molest her before turning his attention to her sister when she was eleven years old.
Judge Edward Bowen QC called for a background report and remanded Thomson in custody pending sentence next month.