Aberdeen rapist jailed for seven years
As Robert Douglas, 57, was a led off to start his prison sentence, a woman in the public gallery shouted: “I hope you rot in hell.”
Douglas was previously convicted of the historic sex offences, which took place over an 11-year period at addresses around Aberdeen, at the city’s High Court.
Handing down the sentence today at the High Court in Edinburgh, Judge Edward Bowen QC said: “The fact of the matter is justice has now caught up with you.”
The judge said there was no question that anything other a substantial custodial sentence could be imposed on Douglas.
He said that taking into account as best he could Douglas’ age and state of health it was necessary for him to pass prison sentences on him on the three charges he was earlier convicted on.
Douglas, formerly of 2 Bramble Brae, Aberdeen, was earlier found guilty of holding down a girl with the intent to rape her.
He also carried out a seven-year campaign against a woman which started when she was at school.
He threatened her with violence, demanded that she have sex with him and kicked her in the body. He also raped her.
He was found guilty of a third charge of using lewd and libidinous behaviour towards a child.
Defence counsel Neil Murray QC told the court: “He is under no illusions about the gravity of the offences.”
He added that Douglas was distressed to have found himself in the situation he was in.
Mr Murray said a background report prepared on Douglas had indicated that an appropriate means of dealing with the case might be a community based disposal, but added that the court may consider that unrealistic in the circumstances.
As well as his seven year prison sentence Douglas was also placed on the sex offenders’ register.