Glasgow & West Scotland

William Lynn admits raping and abusing four women

William Lynn
Image caption William Lynn was caught after an investigation by Strathclyde Police's Domestic Abuse Task Force

A man has admitted abusing and raping four women over a 20-year-period at various addresses in Glasgow.

William Lynn, 45, carried out the catalogue of physical and sexual abuse between 1990 and 2008.

The High Court in Glasgow heard how one victim tried to kill herself after being raped three times in one day.

Lynn was caught after a specialist police team began investigating him in May last year. Temporary judge Norman Ritchie QC deferred sentence.

The court heard how Lynn raped the first woman between 1990 and 1996.

She initially found him charming but he eventually became controlling and would hit her after accusing her of sleeping with other men.

Suicide bid

Lynn physically beat the woman when she was asleep and forced her to have sex any time of the day or night.

The court was told that Lynn's abuse against his second victim happened between February and December 1996.

He raped the woman three times in one day, after which she attempted to kill herself.

Following this attack he raped her on a daily basis and also broke her ribs and her jaw.

Lynn's third victim was also regularly forced to have sex and was assaulted when she was pregnant.

The court heard how Lynn raped and assaulted his fourth victim on an almost daily basis between February 2005 and December 2008 after she had confessed to him that she had been raped by another man.

His victims, who cannot be named for legal reasons, are now all in their late 30s or early 40s.

Strathclyde Police's Domestic Abuse Task Force carried out a lengthy investigation into Lynn which uncovered a number of previous partners who provided police with accounts of abuse carried out by the 45-year-old.

Det Con Christopher Hamill, from the task force, praised the victims for coming forward.

He said: "Despite the horrendous abuse they suffered they had the courage and determination to speak to us, reliving the horror they were subjected to.

"Their testimony was vital to our investigation.

"There is no doubt in my mind that William Lynn is a very dangerous and violent man and I am thankful that he is no longer free to cause misery, fear and suffering to other women."

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