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Inverness rapist to be assessed for personality disorder

A man convicted of raping two women is to be assessed to determine whether he has a personality disorder.

Andrew Peters, 33, was found guilty by a jury last year of raping the women who were 48 and 27 at his then home in Inverness. He had denied the charges.

The High Court in Glasgow has heard that he requires further treatment and investigation before he can be sentenced.

He is being held in the state hospital on an interim compulsion order.

Judge Lord Uist said: "This will have to come to a conclusion in due course."

He continued the case until 23 January at the High Court in Glasgow and ordered a psychological report to be prepared to see if Peters suffers from a personality disorder, and whether this had an effect on his offending.

Destroying evidence

The report, which will be carried out by consultant psychologist Dr Natasha Purcell, will also see if Peters would be a suitable candidate to undertake a sex offender treatment programme.

Defence QC Donald Findlay said: "It would appear the medical view is that he requires further treatment and investigation."

Last year, Peters was found guilty of raping a 48-year-old woman on 4 November 2012, leaving her severely injured and scarred.

He was also convicted of an attempt to defeat the ends of justice by concealing and destroying evidence.

The jury at his trial also found him guilty of raping a 27-year-old woman on 9 March 2011.

During the trial, the 48-year-old woman told how she smeared her blood behind a bed head in an effort to leave evidence of the attack.

She said Peters told her to clean up the bedroom, wash the bed sheets and to take a shower.

Peters claims the sex was consensual.

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