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Man who abducted and raped teacher jailed for 10 years

Barry Dalton Image copyright Perthshire Picture Agency
Image caption Barry Dalton carried out a series of violent attacks that came to light in the rape investigation

A used car salesman who abducted and repeatedly raped a teacher was jailed for 10 years and six months.

Barry Dalton was found guilty of the "brutal and sustained attack" carried out in Perth in November.

The jury at the High Court in Perth also found the 40-year-old guilty of a series of violent attacks on other women.

He was jailed for eight years for the abduction and rape and 30 months for the other offences.

Dalton was found guilty of abducting the teacher and detaining her at an address in Perth's Dunkeld Road on 17 and 18 November last year.

He kicked and punched the woman, brandished a pair of scissors and a plank of wood at her, bit and scalped her, compressed her throat and repeatedly raped her.

His victim told the jury she was too scared to leave the house when Dalton went downstairs briefly because she was afraid he would kill her.

After she got away and reported the rapes, police started an investigation which led them to a number of female victims and a man who had also been attacked.

'Outrageous behaviour'

Dalton was convicted of breaking into Tamas Bagi's flat in the city and punching him and brandishing a knife at him just days before the rape took place.

He was also found guilty of assaulting several women, including a former girlfriend.

Defence counsel Ronnie Renucci told the court that Dalton "accepts his behaviour was outrageous".

He added: "He has asked me to apologise to the victims through the court for his behaviour."

Sentencing, Lord Glennie told Dalton: "You have been convicted of a series of assaults against defenceless young women, including the final brutal and sustained attack.

"You clearly have anger management issues, but that does not explain your violent conduct or the rapes that followed. Any rape - particularly accompanied by the use of force - necessitates a lengthy sentence.

"The severity of the beating you inflicted before raping your victim three times demands a lengthy custodial sentence. It must be made clear that such conduct is unacceptable."

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