Glasgow & West Scotland

Joseph Loughran admits brutal attacks on five women

A man has admitted a string of brutal attacks on five women at addresses in Glasgow over a 29-year period.

Joseph Loughran, 51, was accused of attempted murder but instead pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of assaulting them to the danger of life.

The High Court in Glasgow heard how he held one woman's head underwater in the bath, choked another with a chain and struck a third with an air rifle.

Judge Lady Clark remanded Loughran in custody and deferred sentence.

The court heard that the offences took place between January 1980 and December 2009.

Numerous assaults

Loughran carried out assaults on Janice Allan over a period of 12 years until 1992 at various addresses across Glasgow.

He hit her on the body with an air rife and brandished a bow and arrow as well as an implement normally used to spear fish.

He turned to Ann Webster in February 1993. This included having a lit cigarette pressed against her body and hair and being forced to clean up food he had thrown onto the floor.

Loughran attacked Mary Matthew at a flat in the city's Scotstoun between April 1996 and February 1997.

Bathroom attack

He then regularly battered Lynn Robertson at properties in Glasgow's Knightswood for three years from July 2004.

Loughran tried to strangle her with a piece of flex and she also had to dodge being hit with weights.

His final victim Suzanne Small was repeatedly attacked between December 2007 and 2009.

Loughran forced the terrified woman into a bath and held her head under the water.

Sentence was deferred for reports and Loughran will appear again later this month.

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