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Student 'ambassador' jailed for raping woman

Duncan Burns Image copyright Vic Rodrick
Image caption Duncan Burns was also placed on the sex offenders register

A student "ambassador" has been jailed for five years for raping a female student at his university.

Duncan Burns, 24, was employed to help vulnerable students as an accommodation liaison officer at Stirling University.

A court heard that Burns raped the 20-year-old student after meeting her on dating app Tinder.

Burns claimed that the sexual contact was consensual but a jury found him guilty following a trial at the High Court in Livingston.

Burns, of Birkhill, Angus, was also placed on the sex offenders register.

He was found not guilty by a majority verdict of raping a second woman.

'Distressed state'

Burns' victim said she had gone back to his room willingly a number of times and had wanted a relationship with him.

But she consistently refused his demands to have sex with him and told him "no" repeatedly when he attacked her.

The woman told the trial: "I always perceived rape to be more like with a stranger or with violence.

"I knew I'd said no and he knew I was saying no.

"I had no doubts in my mind, but don't think at the time I knew it was rape."

The jury heard the woman was in a "distressed state" when she told friends and university officials what Burns had done.

Sentencing Burns at the High Court in Glasgow, judge Lord Mulholland said: "The jury rejected your explanation that the sex was consensual.

"You ignored this woman's wishes and raped her. This court takes a very serious view of this."

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