Glasgow & West Scotland

Edward Taylor jailed for raping and photographing sleeping woman

A man who raped a sleeping woman before taking indecent photographs of her has been jailed for five years.

Edward Taylor, 27, and a friend offered to share a taxi with the woman, who had become separated from friends in a nightclub, in August last year.

He attacked her after she fell asleep at his home in Drumchapel, Glasgow.

Taylor, who admitted the charges against him, also punched the 24-year-old woman afterwards as he tried to get her out of his flat.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard how the victim had gone to a nightclub for the first time since the birth of her child.

Indecent photos

After becoming separated from her friends, she agreed to share a taxi with Taylor and a friend.

She then agreed to go in for a drink at Taylor's flat and later fell asleep on his bed.

Taylor later pulled up her dress, removed her underwear and raped her.

Afterwards, he used his mobile phone to take a series of indecent photos of the still-sleeping woman.

His victim later awoke and got into a struggle with Taylor as he tried to get her out of his flat.

The court heard he repeatedly punched the woman, bursting her lip.

Police later took the woman back to the area to try and find the scene of the incident and she was able to point out Taylor's home, but became upset and alarmed on seeing the house.

When Taylor was interviewed by officers he admitted taking pictures of the woman but claimed the sex was consensual.

No dignity

He later admitted charges of rape and assault.

Jailing him, judge Lord Turnbull said: "You participated in a disgraceful course of conduct directed against a young woman who was a stranger to you.

"Because she was intoxicated you treated her as if she was an object to take advantage of for your own sexual pleasure and as if she was worthy of no form of dignity whatsoever."

The judge told Taylor that he accepted he had acted out of character.

Lord Turnbull said he would have faced a seven-year jail term but for his earlier guilty pleas.

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