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Man jailed following Shetland rape

Update 16 March 2015: Daryl Smith's conviction was overturned on appeal at the High Court in Edinburgh on 26 August 2014.

A man found guilty of raping a woman in Shetland has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Daryl Smith, 23, had previously been convicted of carrying out the attack in June 2011.

Sentencing Smith at the High Court in Edinburgh, judge Lady Wise said it was clear from the victim's evidence that she "continues to struggle to come to terms with what took place".

She told him that a custodial sentence of "reasonable duration" was required.

Lady Wise noted Smith, of Cunningsburgh, had held "positions of responsibility and of worth to the community", through the Territorial Army and the Lifeboat service.

Smith had claimed the sex was consensual.

Defence counsel Brian McConnachie QC told the court: "He maintains that he was not offending. He is, to all intents and purposes, a first offender."

Insp Eddie Graham, acting area commander for Shetland, said: "The courage of a victim of this type of crime should be commended not only in coming forward to report these offences but also for the courage shown in giving evidence at the High Court.

"This action has resulted in the conviction of Daryl Smith, effectively removing him from society and making Shetland a safer place to live."

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