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Man jailed for trying to rape teenager in Fife

High Court in Edinburgh
Image caption Lady Stacey told Ryan Sutherland he may never be released from jail at the High Court in Edinburgh

A man who admitted attempting to rape a schoolgirl in Fife has been warned he may never be released from jail.

Ryan Sutherland, 29, attacked the 16-year-old in Dunfermline on 25 April. He dragged her off the pavement into woodland and sexually assaulted her.

Police tracked him down after finding his DNA was already on file from his attack on a female taxi driver in 2004.

Lady Stacey imposed a lifelong restriction order and ordered him to serve at least 50 months in jail.

She said at the High Court in Edinburgh: "Maybe your release will not be ordered then, or ever."

'Robustly managed'

Lady Stacey said: "You attacked a 16-year-old girl going about her business.

"You attempted to rape her and the reports I have read show quite clearly you carried out acts on that girl which show that, had it not been for your consumption of alcohol, you would have raped her.

"This must have been terrifying for her and may have consequences for her in the future."

Solicitor advocate Gordon Martin, defending, urged the judge not to go as far as a life sentence, saying that Sutherland, from Dunfermline in Fife, had shown remorse and would co-operate with "risk management strategies" while in prison.

Det Insp David McLaren, of Fife Constabulary, said: "Ryan Sutherland pled guilty to a violent, random and unprovoked attack on a defenceless young woman and is clearly a danger to the public.

"The bravery and resilience of his victim and her family and the positive public response we achieved through the media has ensured that he will be incarcerated for a considerable period of time.

"If and when he is released from prison he will be robustly managed by the authorities."

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