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Forfar man convicted of sex attacks on women in Dundee

Kenneth Jolly
Image caption Kenneth Jolly was found guilty of raping one prostitute and sexually assaulting three others

A jury has found a Forfar mechanic guilty of carrying out a string of violent sex attacks on women in Dundee.

At the High Court in Perth, Kenneth Jolly was found guilty of raping one prostitute and sexually assaulting three others in a nine month spree.

The 54-year-old had admitted trawling the streets for prostitutes on a regular basis but denied attacking any of them.

He will be sentenced at the High Court in Aberdeen in January next year.

Presiding judge Lord Boyd paid tribute to the "courage and dignity" of the victims who came forward to give evidence against Jolly during an 11-day trial.

'Brave victims'

Lord Boyd told the jury: "You have had an insight into some tragic lives that some people lead in order to fund heroin addiction.

"What came across was the extent to which heroin takes over and crushes lives. I would like to pay tribute to the courage the individual women showed in coming forward to give evidence.

"It is not easy to come forward and admit to having an addiction and to admit to the way they earn money to pay for that addiction. It is a life short on dignity and respect but in coming forward they have bravely seen to it that justice has been done."

The trial heard how Jolly had picked up woman on the streets of Dundee and agreed to pay them for sex before taking them to a caravan storage park.

Jolly then turned violent and abused the girls.

Some of the victims told how they were left in pain by his attacks.

A number of the victims, who admitted taking up prostitution to pay for drugs, fled from the courtroom in tears as they were cross-examined in graphic detail by the defence counsel Donald Findlay QC.

Jolly told the court he could offer no explanation as to why numerous sex workers had come forward to complain about the sexually violent way he behaved towards them.

Charge dropped

The jury took over seven hours to find him guilty of raping one woman between 30 May and 2 June last year in his caravan at Grants of Craigmill Caravans in Bridgefoot, near Dundee.

Jolly was found guilty of sexually assaulting three other women in his caravan between 1 October 2010 and 3 May 2011.

A further two charges were found not guilty, while one was not proven and an abduction and rape charge was dropped by the Crown during the trial.

Lord Boyd also placed Jolly on the sex offenders register and the judge ordered a risk assessment report to establish whether he would continue to pose a danger to women.

The judge told him: "You have been convicted of very serious offences against a number of women."

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