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Man who raped two women in North Ayrshire jailed for six years

A man who raped two women in North Ayrshire has been jailed for six years.

Scott Crews was convicted of rape and assault and attacking a third woman at addresses in Irvine, Beith and Ardrossan between 2010 and 2015.

The 28-year-old denied the offences but was found guilty following a trial at the High Court in Glasgow.

Crews was also placed on the sex offenders' register and told he would be monitored in the community for two years after his release from prison.

'Lives of misery'

Jailing him, judge Bill Dunlop told Crews: "It was quite clear to the jury and to me that you subjected these women to basically lives of misery.

"You still don't accept that you did that and you still don't admit responsibility."

The court heard that Crews raped one woman in a house in Irvine on various occasions between December 2012 and 2014.

He was also convicted of brandishing a knife at her, seizing her by the throat and pinning her against a door.

The court was told that Crews totally controlled the woman's life by telling her what to wear, telling her who should could contact and demanding to know her whereabouts.

He raped his second victim while she was sleeping at a house in Irvine. Crews also seized the woman by the throat, held scissors at her face and spat on her.

He was also convicted of sending abusive texts to both women.

Crews was found guilty of assaulting a third woman by striking her on the head and body, trying to burn her with a lit cigarette, grabbing her by the hair and pulling her along the floor while she was pregnant.

A charge of raping the third woman while she was asleep was found not proven by the jury.

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