Aberdeen rapist jailed for life after abducting then raping woman

Aberdeen rapist jailed for life after abducting then raping woman

8 DEC 2014 12.29PM
AN ABERDEEN sex offender who repeatedly raped a terrified woman after forcing her off the street has been jailed for life.
Daniel Welsh, 22, pounced on the stranger as she walked to meet a friend for dinner in Aberdeen in February 2014.
Today, judge Lady Rae handed Welsh an Order for Lifelong Restriction.
The sentence means he will only be released from custody once the parole board is satisfied that he no longer poses a threat to public safety.
Passing sentence on Welsh, Lady Rae described Welsh’s attack as “prolonged, vile and depraved.”
Welsh, a prisoner of HMP Grampian, pleaded guilty to abduction and rape charges at the High Court in Glasgow in June 2014.
At earlier proceedings, it emerged Welsh was already a convicted sex offender at the time of the attack.
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The court heard how he was being monitored by an offender management unit in Aberdeen having been assessed as “very high risk” of committing another sex crime. Welsh had also twice breached a court banning him from going near girls under 17.
The court heard that the woman was walking in Urquhart Road, Aberdeen when she was grabbed from behind. Welsh told her: “Don’t do anything stupid because I am going to shoot you.”
He took her into an isolated area a nearby cemetery and raped her.
Welsh next made her walk with him again this time to bird observatory around 30 minutes away, where he raped her again three more times.
Today, defence advocate John Hamilton QC asked Lady Rae not to hand his client an Order for Lifelong Restriction. He said Welsh had been examined by medical professionals who hadn’t diagnosed him as being a psychopath.
However, Lady Rae said she was satisfied that the incident was serious enough for Welsh to be given an OLR. She ordered him to serve at least four and half years in prison before the parole board can consider whether he should be released back into the community. Lady Rae added: “It is clear that you are a serious danger to the public.”
Following the sentencing,  Detective Inspector Kevin Walker said: “This was an extremely distressing incident for the victim and I want to pay tribute to her courage in coming forward and helping police with the enquiry, which resulted in Daniel Welsh being quickly apprehended.
“Welsh is a predatory offender who subjected his victim to a brutal and sustained attack and has shown no remorse for his actions. I welcome the sentence handed to him today where he can no longer be a threat to the public.
“I want to reassure the public that attacks like these are very rare. We take these incidents very seriously and will be thoroughly investi

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