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Ryan Strang convicted of raping two former girlfriends

Ryan Strang
Image caption Ryan Strang was described as "manipulative and controlling" by his victims

A 26-year-old man has been convicted of raping two former girlfriends.

Ryan Strang, from Provanmill, Glasgow, raped the women, who are aged 22 and 24, between 2009 and 2012.

He was also convicted of assaulting the 24-year-old to the danger of her life by hitting, slapping, biting and trying to strangle her.

At the High Court in Glasgow, judge Lord Armstrong deferred sentence on Strang and placed him on the sex offenders' register.

The court heard how Strang's behaviour followed a pattern.

He would begin by calling the women names before carrying out the attacks.

His victims said that Strang was manipulative and controlling and could change in the click of a finger.

The 22-year-old rape victim said: "I said I didn't want sex and he was smirking."

She said he also told her: "You're mine, so it's not rape."

Window jump

The court heard the woman was so terrified of Strang that during one of the beatings he inflicted on her she tried to jump out of a window to get away from him.

The 24-year-old victim also claimed that Strang tried to run her down as as she left a funeral with a friend.

Strang was cleared of this charge, but was convicted of hitting her with a 25 kilo dumb bell and perforating her eardrum.

In evidence Strang denied all the allegations against him.

He said that the women were lying because he had cheated on them.

The jury did not believe him and convicted him of rape and assault charges.

Strang was also found guilty of kicking another woman, who is now aged 25, in the stomach.

He was also accused of raping her in 2003, but the jury found the case against him not proven.

The court heard that Strang served a six-month sentence in 2009 for following the 24-year-old along a Glasgow street and threatening to murder her.

Lord Armstrong told Strang: "You have been convicted of a number of serious offences against three separate women one of which involved danger to the life of the young woman and you have also been found guilty of raping two of them."

Lord Armstrong called for a risk assessment to be prepared on Strang and said: "I need information about the risk you pose to the public at large and to women in particular."

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