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Christopher McKeown convicted of raping law student

A man has been convicted of raping a law student as she slept in her house following a birthday night out.

Christopher McKeown was among a number of people at the victim's home in Barrhead, East Renfrewhire, in October 2012 when he carried out the attack.

The victim told the High Court in Glasgow that McKeown carried on despite her begging him to stop.

Judge Edward Bowen QC deferred sentence on 30-year-old McKeown and remanded him in custody.

The court heard that soon after arriving at the victim's home McKeown tried to kiss one of the woman's friends.

'Creep' jibe

Another friend called him a "creep".

The jury heard the student was later in bed when she was awoken by McKeown having sex with her.

He demanded she shut up as he held her on the bed.

Recalling her ordeal, she said: "I was trying to scream, but I just could not bring myself to.

"I don't know what would be normal for someone who has fought off a rapist - everyone reacts in a different way.

"I begged him to stop...I was pleading telling him to stop, stop. The victim eventually bit hard on his lip to get him away."

She went on: "It was the only thing I could do. I didn't have any other control over the rest of my body. I could not get away from him."

Victim 'manic'

McKeown, also of Barrhead, then left the woman and was seen kissing one of her friends as she slept before being ordered out.

The victim - who suffered bruising to her torso and shoulder - was described as "manic" afterwards.

She told the court how she struggled personally following the attack.

She said: "Life changed a lot - I dropped out of university, my job and I lost a lot of friends."

McKeown was later arrested by police and claimed anything that happened was consensual.

He insisted he had chatted with the woman before "one thing led to another".

Asked why he had gone into the victim's room, he claimed: "I knew there was somebody in there and I just went to chat her up a bit."

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