Glasgow & West Scotland

David Beattie, 38, convicted of third rape in 19 years

A 38-year-old man has been convicted of rape for the third time in 19 years.

David Beattie was out on licence when he raped his 36-year-old victim at the Clydeside Walkway, Broomielaw, Glasgow, in November last year.

He claimed the sex was consensual but was convicted by majority verdict at the High Court in Glasgow.

Beattie was jailed for three years in 1993 for rape and five years in 2004 for another sex attack. His latest sentence was deferred until April.

The court heard that as Beattie attacked his victim an off-duty police woman and a woman friend were walking past.

His victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, shouted to them: "Help, help I'm being raped."

As the two women approached, Beattie got off the woman.

Previous convictions

One of the women comforted the victim while the other followed Beattie and telephoned the police.

The court was told that the woman, who is a prostitute, had agreed to have oral sex with Beattie for £20, but refused to have sex with him. Beattie then raped her.

Advocate depute Douglas Fairley, prosecuting, told the court that Beattie had two previous convictions for rape.

He added: "He was out on licence at the time of this offence and has been recalled to prison."

Mr Fairley asked the judge to consider imposing a lifelong restriction order on Beattie which would mean that he would be monitored for life.

Lord McEwan deferred sentence until April and told Beattie: "The jury has convicted you of the crime of rape on this woman.

"You are not of good character. You have 11 previous convictions and have appeared on three occasions at the High Court. On two of these occasions for the crime of rape."

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