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Man jailed for 'nightmare' rape in Livingston

A man who admitted raping a teenager as she walked along a footpath in broad daylight has been jailed.

Andrew Hamilton, 23, attacked the 18-year-old as she emerged from an underpass near the centre of Livingston, West Lothian, on 12 May.

The court heard he had followed and grabbed her before taking her mobile phone then raping her.

Jailing Hamilton for five years and four months, judge Lord Tyre said the attack was "the stuff of nightmares".

The High Court in Edinburgh heard that following the attack, the teenager was so traumatised that she could not remember her home telephone number to ring for help.

A careful search of the path beside a busy dual carriageway, later revealed evidence which matched Hamilton's DNA.

He was also identified as trying to sell his victim's iPhone to friends.

When police searched his home at Linnet Brae in Livingston, they found white shoes and a black jacket which matched the shop assistant's description of her attacker.

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It emerged that the teenager had lost all her confidence and cannot venture out unaccompanied.

Lord Tyre told Hamilton: "You have pled guilty to a particularly horrific offence: the rape of an 18 year old girl who was a complete stranger to you and who was walking home in broad daylight on a public footpath in the centre of the town where she lived.

"This is the stuff of the nightmares of many women who, sadly, fear being attacked when they require to walk around towns and cities alone.

"In the case of the victim of this attack, the consequences have been severe.

"She is now afraid to go out unaccompanied and lives every day with the memory of what you did to her that day."

In addition to jailing Hamilton, Lord Tyre said he would remain on licence for five years following his release from prison.

He was also placed on the sex offenders register indefinitely.

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