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Weightlifting champion Dylan Scott, 21, jailed for rape

An under-21 British weightlifting champion has been jailed for two years for raping a 14-year-old girl at his North Ayrshire home on Valentine's Day.

Dylan Scott admitted having sex with the girl in Ardrossan on 14 February 2012 but claimed it was consensual.

He was convicted after Facebook messages were used to corroborate the girl's claim that consent had been withdrawn during intercourse.

At the High Court in Glasgow, Scott was placed on the sex offenders register.

The court heard that Scott competed in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, coming seventh in the "clean and jerk 56kg" competition.

Olympic hopeful

He was also the under-21 Scottish and British 56kg weightlifting champion and was hoping to be chosen for the British team for the Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, in 2016.

Scott was convicted after corroboration for his victim's version of events came from Facebook messages where there was talk of the pair having sex and Scott refusing to stop when asked to.

Jailing him, judge Lord Matthews told Scott: "I recall the evidence. There was no doubt intercourse took place. The issue was whether it was rape.

"In this case there were no injuries, but corroboration was provided by Facebook messages which indicated there was intercourse but you had not withdrawn when she asked you to."

Lord Matthews added: "It is plain that the jury must have proceeded on the basis there was consent but that was later withdrawn, but that is rape.

"I was asked to take the unusual step of not imposing a custodial sentence, but rape is rape, although the jury found that it started off as consensual.

"I have sentence you on that basis. The incident can only have lasted for a few seconds."

Lord Matthews sentenced Scott to two years detention and placed him on the sex offenders register for 10 years.

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