Glasgow & West Scotland

Rapist 'will not serve full term'

High Court in Glasgow
Image caption Gibbons was convicted after a trial at the High Court in Glasgow

A man who has been jailed for five years for raping a woman at a house in North Lanarkshire could serve just 18 months in prison, it has emerged.

Richard Gibbons, 47, from Coatbridge, was convicted of attacking the woman in Airdrie on 10 November 2008.

At the High Court in Glasgow judge Lord McEwan back dated the jail term to 24 November 2008 when Gibbons was charged.

As Gibbons has been on bail since then, it is likely that he will serve less than a third of the five year sentence.

The 47-year-old was convicted of rape following a trial at the High Court in Glasgow last month.

The court heard how he attacked the woman after removing her nightwear and grabbing her by the body.

He struggled with her before holding her down and striking her on the body.

Gibbons then forced the woman onto her stomach, restrained and raped her.

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