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Highland man jailed for 23 years of abuse against women

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Image caption Patrick Chinskie was sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh

A man who raped five women and indecently assaulted others over a period of 23 years has been given a life sentence.

Patrick Chinskie, 47, who was described as being from the Badenoch and Strathspey area, abused women at locations across Scotland.

They included Glasgow, Bathgate, Darvel, Aviemore, Nairn and also the RockNess festival site near Inverness.

He has been made the subject of an Order for Lifelong Restriction (OLR).

At the High Court in Edinburgh, judge Kenneth Maciver QC said the women had at first found Chinskie to be attractive, highly charming and irresistible but quickly came to realise that he had turned into "a sadistic and vicious abuser of them".

The judge said: "Your conduct seriously damaged them and left them with physical and emotional scars."

'Clear danger'

Mr Maciver QC rejected a defence plea to pass a determinate sentence on Chinskie and instead imposed an OLR.

He told Chinskie: "That order constitutes a sentence of imprisonment for an indefinite period."

The judge said that professionals who had assessed Chinskie were of the view that he "posed a clear danger" to any women who engaged with him and he represented a high risk to the public in that connection.

He ordered that Chinskie must serve seven years in prison before he is eligible to apply for parole. Any future release will be determined by the parole authorities.

Chinskie was earlier convicted of a total of 12 charges including rape, abduction and assault to severe injury and permanent disfigurement with a total of seven women victims.

His first victim was raped on various occasions between December 1990 and December 1993 at addresses in the Govanhill area of Glasgow and Bathgate.

He also assaulted her by punching her, kneeling on her, butting her, biting her face and holding a knife against her throat.

On one occasion he jumped on the bonnet of a car she was driving and smashed the windscreen after kicking it.

Between 1993 and 1995 he subjected another woman to attacks and sexual assaults during which she was punched, kicked and bitten.

He assaulted her with a pair of pliers and repeatedly demanded that she have an abortion.

During a journey between Inverness and Glasgow she was pulled out of a car and thrown to the ground before being hauled into a field and raped.

The woman was also pushed, repeatedly kicked, pulled by the hair, struck with a baseball bat and repeatedly burnt on the head and body with cigarettes.

Chinskie threatened to kill her and her unborn child.

A machete

Another woman was raped by him in 1996 and 1997 at houses in Paisley, Glasgow and Darvel.

She was threatened with violence, punched, kicked and pushed and grabbed by the hair and dragged around a room and up a flight of stairs.

A further victim was assaulted by Chinskie at houses in Paisley, Glasgow, Wishaw and Nairn between 1997 and 2000.

He punched and kicked her, butted her, grabbed her by the throat and burnt her with cigarettes. During one assault at a house in Paisley he held a machete against her throat.

In June 2008 Chinskie assaulted another woman by punching her on the head at the RockNess music festival site at Dores, near Inverness.

Between 2008 and 2011 he attacked another woman at houses in Inverness. The woman was also raped and indecently assaulted with bottles and aerosol canisters.

Chinskie raped another woman at a house in Aviemore in 2013.

He also assaulted her by throwing a mirror at her, punching her, biting her, seizing her by the hair and pulling her to the floor, pinning her down and assaulting her with a screwdriver.

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