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Rapist guilty of further sex attack days after release

A convicted rapist has been found guilty of raping a woman and attacking another just days after being released from prison in June last year.

Raymond Dempster raped a 42-year-old woman in her home in Glasgow's east end and days later attacked a 19-year-old student in the city's west end.

Dempster, who has 110 previous convictions, had denied the charges.

At the High Court of Glasgow, Judge Norman Ritchie QC deferred sentence for background reports.

The court heard how the 38-year-old raped the first victim in her home on 20 June, three days after his release from prison.

The victim has since died, and her police statement was read out as evidence in court.

'Good Samaritan'

She told how she was locked out of her home in her nightclothes. When Dempster came along at first she thought he was a Good Samaritan.

She had said: "He told me once we were inside 'you've got a nice wee flat here'."

He then grabbed her by the arms and pushed her into the bedroom, removing her clothing and raping her.

The court heard that Dempster bit his victim and punched her on the face during her ordeal.

Dempster's other victim was walking home alone along Kelvin Walkway in the early hours of the morning on 23 June.

He followed her, then grabbed her, forced her to the ground and put his hand over her mouth.

Attacker kicked

The woman fought back kicking Dempster in the face, and he ran off to the hostel he was living in.

She said: " I believe his intention was to rape me."

Police found CCTV footage which showed Dempster in the vicinity of the attack and his victim identified him.

The prosecutor said that Dempster was jailed for five years in 2003 for rape and has breached the condition of the sex offenders' register five times.

His 110 previous convictions also included dishonesty and violence.

Judge Norman Ritchie QC said: "A man with his record is simply shown the door and then within a handful of days has attacked two women."

He told Dempster he would be considering whether to make an order for lifelong restriction.

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