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CCTV footage helps convict Glasgow rapist James Burns

A man has been convicted of rape after a jury was shown CCTV footage of his distraught victim after the attack.

James Burns attacked the 23-year-old woman after she fell asleep at his house in Glasgow on 28 May 2011.

The jury was shown images of the victim arriving at his home looking happy and leaving hours later in tears. The woman told how Burns raped her after she woke to find him on top of her.

At the High Court in Glasgow, sentence on Burns was deferred.

'Grave charge'

In evidence, the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the court that she and Burns had something to eat and talked and she fell asleep.

She said she woke up to find him on top of her and added: "I told him to get off me and he raped me."

Judge Lord Armstrong told Burns: "This is a grave charge because of the nature of it."

The court heard that Burns has one previous conviction for possession of a knife for which he received 18 months probation.

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