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Serial rapist Edward Moir jailed for seven years

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Image caption Moir targeted vulnerable women

A serial rapist who attacked three vulnerable women in the north east of Scotland has been jailed for seven years.

Edward Moir targeted his victims in Elgin and MacDuff between 2010 and 2013.

The 23-year-old was sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow after earlier being convicted of the crimes.

Lord Matthews said he was guilty of "a very serious series of offences".

The judge said being convicted of three rapes could normally merit a sentence in double-figures, but that there were certain factors which persuaded him to reduce the jail term.

Moir will be supervised for a further two years when he is released.

Vulnerable adults

His QC Neil Murray earlier told Lord Matthews that Moir was aware how "serious" the charges were.

Moir was convicted in October following a trial at the High Court in Aberdeen.

Det Insp John Swanney said: "Moir has been convicted of the rape of three vulnerable adults. His conduct has blighted the lives of his victims.

"It is due to the bravery of Moir's victims in coming forward, speaking to our officers and then giving evidence during the trial, that his abuse has come to an end.

"I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the strength and character shown by the victims and also thank those who have supported them at this time.

"It is my hope that the convictions and sentencing today will provide some form of closure for them."

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