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Stephen Dickson convicted of raping teenager in Aberdeen

Stephen Dickson
Image caption Stephen Dickson was on trial at the High Court in Aberdeen

A man has been found guilty of abducting and raping a teenage girl, and other attacks, in Aberdeen.

Stephen Dickson, 49, had been on trial at the High Court in the city after denying the offence, as well and two other abductions and an attempted abduction.

Sentence was deferred for a risk assessment.

Grampian Police Det Ch Insp Martin Dunn said Dickson was an "extremely calculating" man.

The rape happened in January this year in the Torry area, with the other offences dating back as far as 2007.

Courage praised

Det Ch Insp Dunn said: "We welcome this conviction as this was an intensive and complex investigation which involved a dedicated team of officers piecing together some of Dickson's actions going back over a number of years.

"He carried out theses attacks with a degree of ruthlessness rarely encountered in Grampian or indeed anywhere else in Scotland.

"He has shown a complete disregard for the emotional and psychological impact these attacks have had upon the lives of his victims, who despite this conviction, will take some time to come to terms with what has happened to them.

He added: "These young women deserve a great deal of credit for their bravery in coming forward and I would like to pay particular tribute to the courage they have shown in giving evidence this week."

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