Glasgow & West Scotland

Gerard Donnelly convicted of knife point rape in Glasgow

A 27-year-old man has been convicted of raping a mother-of-one at knife point in her Glasgow home.

Gerard Patrick Donnelly was staying at his 24-year-old victim's flat when he attacked her in February.

He was also charged with attempting to rape a 53-year-old woman at knife point at her Glasgow home in May 2011. This was found not proven.

At the High Court in Glasgow, sentence on Donnelly was deferred and he was placed on the sex offenders' register.

During the trial, the victim told advocate depute Alex Prentice QC, prosecuting, how Donnelly had been carrying a knife when he appeared in her bedroom, naked apart from a pair of socks.

'Screaming at me'

"I asked him to put the knife back in the kitchen or I'd have to phone the police," she said.

"As I turned to get my phone he pinned me to the bed. He was screaming at me not to cry or scream. He said if I did he would slit my throat."

The woman told the jury that Donnelly raped her.

She said she managed to get him out of the house by suggesting they go to a nearby garage to buy cigarettes.

After leaving the garage she walked off quickly, with Donnelly in pursuit, and flagged down a passing car which turned out to be a police vehicle.

She said the officers asked her if Donnelly was with her and she replied: "No, but he's just raped me."

The woman said that she had not agreed to have sex with Donnelly and claimed she kept asking him to stop.

In evidence Donnelly denied raping the woman and told his defence counsel Frances Connor that any sex was consensual.

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