Double rapist Kenneth Harper branded 'a danger to women'

A man who raped two former girlfriends was branded "a danger to women" as he was jailed for seven years.

Kenneth Harper, 33, from Virkie, Shetland, was also "manipulative" of women he became involved with, judge Lord Boyd said.

Sentencing Harper at the High Court in Glasgow, Lord Boyd added: "I have a duty to protect the public. This was a course of conduct over 10 years."

Harper was convicted at the High Court in Aberdeen of rapes starting in 2004.

He was also found guilty of assaulting one of the woman on various occasions in 2005 and 2006 by seizing her, striking her head against a kerb and an intercom entry system and knocking her unconscious.

Harper was also convicted of assaulting a third woman by punching and nipping her and throwing a boot at her.

'Victim's courage'

Solicitor advocate John Keenan, defending, said his client still insisted he was innocent of the charges.

Harper, who worked as an architectural technician, was placed on the sex offenders' register.

Lord Boyd said he had considered monitoring Harper after his release from prison but added: "Work can be done to address your problems while you are in prison."

Police Scotland praised the courage of one of Harper's victims who first reported the attacks.

Ch Insp Lindsay Tulloch said: "This action has resulted in the conviction of Kenneth Harper, effectively removing him from society and making Shetland a safer place to live.

"We recognise that victims undergo traumatic experiences. However, we hope that the sentencing today can give some comfort and begin the process of closure for those involved in this case."

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