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High-risk rapist John McDougall given 10-year curfew

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Image caption John McDougall will be unable to leave his home at night for a decade

A rapist who is considered a high-risk to women has been given a 10-year home curfew at the request of police.

John McDougall, 35, has a history of re-offending within short periods of being released from prison.

Police applied to Kilmarnock Sheriff Court for a restriction of liberty order in order to better monitor him.

Sheriff Iona McDonald granted the order, meaning McDougall must stay at home between 22:00 and 07:00 for the next decade.

The rapist is also banned from any contact with females under 18 and from approaching any adult female not accompanied by another adult.

McDougall, who is on the sex offenders register indefinitely, also has to tell police within 24 hours of getting any internet-enabled device and have it ready for inspection.

Rape conviction

He is also not allowed to delete his internet, text or phone history and must tell police about any relationship made "in person or on social media" within 48 hours.

In 2000, McDougall, of Irvine, was jailed for 10 years for raping a 19-year-old woman at knifepoint in the North Ayrshire town.

Two days after his release in 2005, again in Irvine, he tried to drag a vulnerable 16-year-old girl into bushes.

He was jailed for one year for that offence.

In 2012, it emerged McDougall had contacted 55 women using a bogus Facebook account in prison and had set up a meeting with a woman while on parole.

Last year, he bought an internet-enabled mobile phone - despite an interim sexual offences prevention order to prevent this being granted the day before.

Within 24 hours, he had created a Facebook page stating he was "looking for females".

Police who found the phone hidden behind a radiator at his home discovered he had visited dating sites repeatedly.

Officers also found written notes with the names and addresses of women.

McDougall was jailed for 14 months for that offence.

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