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Man admits rape and attack on women in Stirling

Thomas Robertson attacked the 21 year-old as she walked home Image copyright Glasgow Courts Service

A man with a history of violence has admitted raping a student in Stirling - shortly after attacking another woman.

Thomas Robertson attacked the 21 year-old as she walked home from a friend's flat in the early hours.

Prosecutors said the victim feared she was going to die as Robertson held a lump of concrete over her head during the attack at about 02:30 on 3 February

Robertson pleaded guilty to charges of rape and assault with intent to rape. He will be sentenced next month.

The rape victim was attacked at an underpass near the Customs Roundabout in Stirling.

Robertson pinned her to the ground before eventually raping her.

Prosecutor Gillian Ross told the High Court in Glasgow: "She thought she was not going to escape with her life."

But she eventually managed to flee.

Hours earlier, Robertson, of Saltcoats, Ayrshire, had already put a 22 year-old woman through a similar ordeal.

She had also been heading to her home in Stirling about 23:00 when she was attacked.

A judge heard how the 27 year-old already had a lengthy criminal past - including jail terms for robbery.

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