Highlands & Islands

Man who raped two women was 'fascinated' with blood

MacLennan leaving court
Image caption MacLennan covered his face as he departed the court

A man who cut two women before sexually abusing them has been found guilty of rape by a jury at the High Court in Aberdeen.

Hector MacLennan, 29, of Inverness, attacked the young women at various houses in the Highland city over a period of nine years.

During his trial, the court heard that he had a fascination with blood.

He was found guilty of two charges of rape, four assaults and a sex attack. MacLennan had denied the charges.

Judge Lord Woolman ordered a risk assessment report because of the nature of the crimes and the pattern of his behaviour.

He deferred sentence for reports until 10 November at the High Court in Edinburgh.

The court heard that McLennan had met some of his victims at bars in Inverness.

Advocate depute Jennifer Bain said that each of the woman were subjected to alcohol-fuelled aggression that resulted in violence for "trivial reasons".

She said: "In many ways he carried out the brutalisation in the same way, for example, the use of knives and a fascination with blood in the course of sexual activity by women after pregnancy or using scissors."

Following the guilty verdict, Judge Woolman told jurors: "I appreciate you have had no easy task and some of the evidence you heard has been very distressing."

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