Glasgow & West Scotland

Double rapist Peter Hendry jailed for seven-and-a-half years

Peter Hendry
Image caption Hendry claimed in evidence that both sexual encounters had been consensual

A double rapist caught by chance years later through a DNA sample has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years.

Peter Hendry, 41, from Springburn in Glasgow, attacked the two women, who were working as prostitutes, in Rutherglen in 2004 and 2007.

He avoided capture until a former partner accused him of domestic abuse in 2011. DNA samples were taken which matched with both attacks.

Hendry, who denied the charges, was found guilty on a unanimous verdict.

Solicitor advocate Murray Macara QC, who represented the fork-lift truck driver, told the court that his client had "constantly and consistently maintained that he did not rape these two women".

Both women had told how Hendry picked them up and drove them to a deserted industrial estate.

A 33-year-old woman told the trial that he took her there in September 2004, pinned her down and raped her, before leaving her "like a bit of trash".

The woman reported the incident to police, but Hendry remained at large.

He carried out a similar attack on a 29-year-old woman in July 2007.

In 2011, Hendry's DNA was taken by officers over an alleged domestic abuse incident and the Scottish Police DNA database found a match with the two rape cases.

Hendry claimed in evidence that both sexual encounters had been consensual.

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