Glasgow & West Scotland

Ernest Radic fails to overturn conviction for rape he filmed on mobile phone

A man who repeatedly raped a woman and filmed the attacks on his phone has lost a bid to overturn his conviction.

Slovakian national Ernest Radic, 27, attacked the 22-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, at an address in Glasgow in June 2012.

He denies the charge but was jailed for six years after being found guilty.

Judges rejected Radic's claim that he did not get a fair trial because a police interview which contradicted his evidence was put before the jury.

During his trial at the High Court in Glasgow, the court heard how Radic attacked his victim at a house in the city on 24 June 2012.

Consent claim

He repeatedly raped the woman and filmed the attacks with his mobile phone.

During Radic's appeal, it was argued by his defence counsel, Mark Moir, that he was not given a fair trial because a police interview in which he claimed he never had sex with his victim was put before the jury.

This clashed with Radic's admission while giving evidence that he had had sex with her, but that it was consensual.

Prosecutor Alex Prentice QC said: "This was a compelling case even without that evidence. This was a forced rape in which the complainer sustained injury."

Lord President Lord Gill, who chaired the panel of judges at the Appeal Court in Glasgow, said: "The decision is that the appeal is refused. We will give our reasons later in writing."

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