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Man who raped woman in Glasgow nanny job lure jailed

Indulus Lukstins
Image caption Indulus Lukstins attacked the woman in a lay-by

A man who was found guilty of raping a woman he lured to Scotland from Latvia with the offer of a job as a nanny has been jailed for seven years.

Indulus Lukstins, 50, attacked the 21-year-old in a lay-by on the A9 south of Inverness in January.

Lukstins, an Inverness prisoner, denied rape and stealing the woman's laptop, charger and bag. He lodged a special defence that the sex was consensual.

He was sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh.

Judge Lady Clark of Calton told Lukstins: "I consider that you preyed on the young woman in this case who was in a vulnerable situation.

"She came in good faith to Scotland for employment which she thought had been organised.

"You subjected her to a violent sexual attack with a knife."

Jobs website

A jury at the High Court in Dundee earlier found Lukstins, who had previously lived in Nairn, guilty following a six-day trial.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the court how she had lived in England for about two years, before returning to Latvia having fallen pregnant.

But after suffering a miscarriage she began to again look for work in the UK.

She told how she had spotted an advert on a Latvian jobs website for a nanny to a Russian family based in Glasgow.

The woman sent off a CV and pictures to the advertiser and was told a few days later she had been given the job by a man who identified himself as "Ivars".

Been tricked

Lukstins picked her up at Prestwick Airport but drove to Inverness when she thought she would be going to Glasgow.

She was raped on the journey north.

Lukstins later dropped her off at a Tesco store in Inverness where she alerted a security guard to the attack and the police were called.

Despite the attack the woman still believed she may have had a job to go to.

It was only when she called a telephone number Lukstins had given her that she discovered it was a fake and realised she had been tricked.

The court heard Lukstins later threatened the woman by text.

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