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Rapist Francis Drummond jailed for six years

A rapist who attacked a woman with a knife in West Lothian before sexually assaulting her days later has been jailed for six years.

Francis Drummond, 49, was under a community payback order for an assault on the same victim when he carried out the latest offence.

He attacked the woman at a house in Armadale, in West Lothian, on 23 October 2013.

Drummond had previously been placed on the sex offenders register.

During the assault he repeatedly kicked and punched the victim and held a knife to her throat and pushed the weapon into her neck.

Later, while she was still injured, he ignored her plea not to have sex and went ahead and raped the victim.

Permanent disfigurement

A judge told Drummond at the High Court in Edinburgh: "Your background is blighted by your chronic alcoholism and your bad record reflects that."

Lady Scott said: "I have no doubt you pose a risk of serious harm to women."

She ordered he should be kept under supervision for a further two years following his jail sentence.

The judge told him: "When released on licence, if you breach the conditions of licence, your licence may be revoked and you may be returned to prison to serve the full term."

Drummond had earlier denied assaulting and raping the woman, but was found guilty of the offences by a jury after trial.

He was convicted of attacking the woman to her severe injury and permanent disfigurement and assaulting and raping her three days later.

Defence solicitor advocate Ian Bryce said there had been "chronic abuse of alcohol over a sustained period of time".

"He is under no illusions what the sentence of this court will be," he said.

Mr Bryce said Drummond did realise that there were parts of his life that needed working on.

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