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Violent rapist Paul Meechan jailed for nine years

Paul Meechan Image copyright Spindrift
Image caption Meechan will be monitored after his release from jail

A man who admitted raping, battering and taunting a woman after accusing her of having sex with a doctor has been jailed for nine years.

Paul Meechan, 23, from Glasgow, raped the woman at a house in Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire, on 8 June 2014.

He also admitted indecently assaulting another woman at a house in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, and battering her between April 2009 and January 2013.

Meechan will be monitored for three years after his release from prison.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that Meechan was two weeks into a relationship with the woman he raped when he began making accusations that she was being unfaithful.

He accompanied her to a hospital accident and emergency unit and waited while she was examined by a doctor, who told her she had a urinary infection.

False admission

That evening Meechan repeatedly accused her of sleeping with the doctor and demanded she had sex with him.

When she told him she did not want to have sex he raped her while she cried loudly.

The next morning he began shouting and swearing at her, demanding that she tell him she had slept with the doctor.

The court was told that the woman had been so frightened she eventually said she did have had sex with the doctor, although she knew that this was not true.

Later that night Meechan became verbally abusive and poured milk and the contents of two ashtrays over her head.

He took a photograph of her covered in milk, cigarette ends and ash and told her to "smile for the camera".

Stab threat

His victim fled in the early hours of the next morning after he told her: "I'm going to stab you. I'm going to slash your face. I'll gladly do three years for it."

The court heard that Meechan beat his other victim so often that she flinched when he approached her.

He also locked her in the house when he left because he believed she was seeing other men.

She told police that on occasions he threw crockery with food on it at her for no reason and would then force her to eat the food off the floor.

On one occasion he assaulted her with a Playstation remote control in front of his grandmother.

When his grandmother tried to intervene, Meechan told her: "The more you hit me, the harder I'm going to hit her."

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