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Gordon Skene jailed for raping teenager in Bathgate

A West Lothian man with a "reckless and irresponsible" attitude to women has been jailed for four years for raping a teenager at a house in Bathgate.

Gordon Skene was found guilty at the High Court in Edinburgh of raping his victim on 30 April last year.

The 23-year-old, from Bathgate, claimed the sex was consensual and still maintains his innocence.

But his victim said she had told Skene she did not want to have sex with him, and that he persisted against her will.

Passing sentence, Lord Tyre said he had to reflect society's abhorrence of the crime.

The judge also ordered that Skene should be kept under supervision for a further four years after his release and that he be placed on the sex offenders register.

'Unacceptable' attitude

He said he had a duty to impose a sentence that provides "appropriate protection" for women.

Lord Tyre said a background report had made it clear that Skene had "a reckless and irresponsible attitude to women".

He added: "You have been assessed as presenting a moderate risk of sexual reoffending.

"That assessment is made on the basis that you are willing to address your attitude towards women."

Defence solicitor advocate John Keenan said Skene had no similar previous convictions and that the crime was out of character.

"He does accept that in certain respects his attitude to women has been unacceptable," he said.

"He is willing to address certain issues with regard to his attitude to women and relationships with women."

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