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Leon Pedley convicted of Stranraer woodland rape

A 20-year-old man has been convicted of raping a young woman in woodland after meeting her in Stranraer.

Leon Pedley had denied the charge and lodged a special defence of consent.

The High Court in Glasgow heard how he left a 17-year-old woman tied to a tree after carrying out the sex attack in March this year.

Judge Lord Brailsford deferred sentencing until 15 October at the High Court in Edinburgh and placed Pedley on the sex offenders register.

Solicitor advocate Bill McVicar, defending, will give his plea in mitigation at that time.

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