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Rapist who scoured sandpaper over victim's face jailed

A 50-year-old man who scoured a woman's face with sandpaper before raping her has been jailed for six years.

Andrew Currie was convicted of attacking the 33-year-old victim at his home in Dalmellington, East Ayrshire, on 24 December last year.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard that he had also taken amphetamine, shaved the woman's hair and left her bleeding.

Currie will be supervised for two years after his release and was placed on the sex offenders' register indefinitely.

'Violent rape'

Jailing him, judge Lord Ericht told Currie: "You have been convicted of a violent rape."

The judge said that on one assessment Currie fell into a category of high risk for further sexual offending.

Lord Ericht added: "I consider there is no alternative to a custodial disposal."

During the trial, the victim told the court that she had been getting ready to leave Currie's home after he took amphetamine and played club music.

The woman said Currie then grabbed the back of her neck and started shaving her hair with clippers which dug into her head and made her bleed.

She said he seemed to be "making the point that if I was going to leave no one was going to want me."

The victim told the trial that Currie then attacked her on the sofa and scraped sandpaper across her face which felt "awful" and "took the skin off".

She described being punched and feeling "quite a sharp stabbing pain" in her leg before being raped.

The woman said: "The more I seemed to say 'stop' the more he seemed to carry on, saying 'yeah, baby'. It seemed to make him more determined to carry on. I was shaking my head and saying 'no, stop, stop'."

Currie denied raping the woman on Christmas Eve but was found guilty of the attack.

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