A RAPIST who repeatedly abused a young girl before telling the victim's mother it was "the work of the devil" has been jailed for six years.

Jimmy Sainte, 29, assaulted the girl at a flat in Glasgow when she was aged seven and eight and his victim told a court that he had raped her up to twice a week.

Sainte carried out the sex attacks when he was babysitting the girl between November 2007 and June 2009.

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A judge told him at the High Court in Edinburgh: "The crime of rape of a pre-pubescent girl child is very serious."

Sainte, of Little Queen Street, Dartford, Kent, was brought up in Nigeria but travelled to Britain from France.

The rape was committed at a flat in Charing Cross in Glasgow.

The victim told a friend about the abuse while she and others were playing "telling secrets".