Glasgow & West Scotland

Rapist James Haran jailed over another sex attack

A convicted rapist has been jailed for 12 years after attempting to rape a 64-year-old woman in her home while out on licence from his previous jail term.

James Haran, 48, was convicted of attacking the frail widow at her house in Drumchapel, Glasgow, on 7 April.

In 2002, he was jailed for eight years and given a four-year supervision order for rape and attempted rape.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, judge Kenneth Maciver told Haran he was "clearly a dangerous sexual predator".

The judge said that Haran's previous offending disclosed "alarming similarities" as the offences he was previously jailed for involved serious sex attacks on victims in their homes.

'Total denial'

He added that Haran, described as a prisoner in Glasgow's Barlinnie jail, remained in "total denial" about his previous sex convictions and the position was the same for his latest crime.

The judge said that the sex attacker was "undeterred" in his latest crime by the fact that he was still on licence from the 12-year extended sentence imposed on him in 2002.

Judge Maciver said that he was required to both punish Haran for a serious sexual offence and to protect the public when he comes to be released.

He ordered that Haran should also be kept under supervision for a further five years after his release and placed him on the sex offenders' register for life.

Haran was convicted of the latest offence following a trial at the High Court in Glasgow.

The court heard how he had been talking to his victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, prior to the attempted rape.

Hysterical and shaking

The woman told the court that Haran suddenly demanded sex with her and when she said no he tried to rape her.

The woman sobbed as she told how he removed her clothing and dragged her into her bedroom.

She told advocate depute Mark McGuire, prosecuting: "I kept saying no, but he took no notice."

Neighbours told the court that after the sex attack the woman was hysterical and shaking and could hardly speak.

Haran's DNA was found on her body and her DNA was found under his fingernails.

He continues to maintain his innocence and maintains that any contact between them was consensual.

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