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Man sent to jail for raping woman at Shetland party

A man convicted of raping a woman at a Shetland party has been jailed for four years.

Michal Skindzier, 26, admitted the pair had slept together but denied raping her in Lerwick in 2009 and said the sex was consensual.

The father-of-two was found guilty after trial at the High Court in Aberdeen earlier this year.

Skindzier, who moved to Lerwick from Poland to find work, was jailed at the High Court in Glasgow.

'Peace of mind'

Ch Insp David Bushell, Northern Constabulary area commander for Shetland, said after the sentencing: "Michal Skindzier carried out a horrific and cowardly attack on a young woman.

"Despite the particularly distressing nature of this incident, the victim showed great courage in coming forward to police to report the attack.

"Her actions led to the swift arrest of the perpetrator.

"Today's sentence cannot undo the damage that has been caused to this young woman's life, but hopefully it can provide her with some peace of mind that justice has been served."

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