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Jail for Aberdeen sex attacker who was recognised by family

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Image caption Craig Taylor was caught on CCTV

An Aberdeen sex attacker who was recognised in a CCTV image by his family has been jailed for 14 months.

Craig Taylor, 24, was confronted by his mother after police circulated the picture following an incident in Spring Garden in August 2013.

Taylor was originally charged with attempting to rape a 39-year-old woman.

He was jailed after admitting assault while the victim was under the influence of alcohol, lowering her clothes and exposing himself.

Taylor's sister had contacted police.

Defence counsel Gareth Jones told the High Court in Edinburgh that Taylor was intoxicated at the time of the offence and had "very limited recollection".

'Courage of victim'

Judge Edward Bowen QC said that Taylor would be put on the sex offenders register for 10 years.

After the case, Det Ch Insp David Hadden said: "Craig Taylor preyed on a vulnerable woman who was on her way home and must now pay for his actions that night.

"I would like to praise the courage of the victim in coming forward and also pass on my thanks to the public who assisted with our inquiry which led to the conviction of Craig Taylor for this despicable crime.

"These incidents are rare and we will continue to work hard with partners to ensure that Aberdeen is a safe city."

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