Glasgow & West Scotland

Weeping rapist Jonathon Mallon faces lengthy jail term

A judge has told a man convicted of raping five women and sexually abusing a sixth that he is considering imposing an order for lifelong restriction.

Jonathon Mallon, 32, was found guilty of abusing the vulnerable women in Glasgow, Renfrewshire, Greenock and Ayr between December 1999 and March 2013.

He raped one of his victims in a cinema toilet and another in a changing cubicle at a busy swimming pool.

At the High Court in Glasgow, sentence on Mallon was deferred.

He was also placed on the sex offenders' register.

Mallon sat weeping in the dock after he was convicted.

'Vicious conduct'

Temporary judge Bill Dunlop QC told him: "Well may you weep. I hope your tears are for the women whose lives you have ruined."

The judge ordered an assessment to be carried out into the risk Mallon poses to the public, and said he is considering an order for lifelong restriction.

He told Mallon: "You have been convicted of a cruel, vicious and sometimes perverse course of conduct against six different women."

Mallon's rape victims are now aged 21, 25, 26, 31, 31, and his sex abuse victim is 27.

The court heard how he met two of his victims at church, another he met on a bus and the others he met at parties.

Mallon was described by one of his former girlfriends, who is 26, as a Jekyll and Hyde character.

He was charming and kind until he got each women's confidence then his nasty side would come out, she said.

She told the court how he pestered her for sex when she had become pregnant again after a miscarriage.

When she said no he slapped her and accused her of teasing him.

The 26-year-old said that on one occasion Mallon raped her in a cubicle at Scotstoun Swimming Pool while families with young children were nearby.

Rape taunt

She told the court: "I said 'you can't, not here,' and he just told me to shut up. Afterwards he said: 'Do you know what I've just done to you. I've raped you.' It kind of looked like he was gloating."

One of Mallon's other victim, who is 21, said that he would demand sex two or three times every day and added: "If I said I didn't want sex he just didn't listen."

A third victim, aged 25, is dead. In her statements to police she said that Mallon forced her to have sex with a pensioner.

When she complained that the old man was dirty and smelly, Mallon bathed him and then told her to have sex with the pensioner.

When she became pregnant he raped her, despite her pleading with him to stop.

Outside court the policeman leading the investigation, Det Insp Mark McGowan, said: "I'm delighted with the result, especially for these women. Hopefully we have given them justice.

"Mallon is a calculating individual who preyed on the vulnerability of his victims. First luring them into a relationship and then carrying out horrific acts on each and every one of them."

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