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Gerard Donnelly jailed for knife point rape in Glasgow

A man who raped a 24-year-old mother-of-one at knife point in her Glasgow home has been jailed for seven years.

Gerard Patrick Donnelly, 27, was convicted of carrying out the attack while staying at his victim's flat in February.

A second charge of attempting to rape a 53-year-old woman at her Glasgow home in May 2011 was found not proven.

At the High Court in Glasgow, temporary judge Sean Murphy QC told Donnelly that he would be monitored for a further two years on his release from prison.

Jailing him Judge Murphy said: "You repeatedly violated this woman during a lengthy and sustained incident for part of which you were in possession of a knife."

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.

Knife threat

"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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