Rapist Andrew Forbes jailed for 11 years for Aberdeen attack

Aberdeen rapist Andrew Forbes Rapist Andrew Forbes was sentenced for a similar offence as a teenager

A convicted sex attacker has been jailed for 11 years after he admitted raping a woman in Aberdeen.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard Andrew Forbes had already been sentenced to six years for a similar offence in his teens.

Forbes, 47, met the woman on a night out in the city centre in August 2012.

They were refused entry to a casino for being too drunk before Forbes dragged his 24-year-old victim into a lane off Castle Street and attacked her.

During her ordeal, the victim pleaded: "Imagine if this was your daughter."

But Forbes continued the attack, warning her: "Let me do it this way or I will do it worse."

The incident was captured on CCTV cameras and Forbes later pleaded guilty.

Lord Bracadale told Forbes it was clear this was a violent and sustained rape during which his victim had struggled to resist him.

He pointed out Forbes had a very significant previous conviction for a similar offence.

Forbes was jailed for 11 years with a further five years under supervision.

Police welcomed the length of the prison sentence.

Det Insp Richie Guild said: "It protects the community from a dangerous individual.

"This was a horrific and sustained attack which was absolutely terrifying for the woman involved.

"I would like to pay tribute to the victim for the strength and character she displayed during the investigation.

"It is our hope that the outcome will bring some form of closure for her and that she can move on with her life."

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    Cycling: Neil Fachie and his pilot Craig MacLean make it five gold medals for Team Scotland.

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    17:10: Chris McLaughlin Commonwealth Games reporter, BBC Sport

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    Ailsa Wyllie has scored her and Scotland's second goal as Scotland go 2-0 up against Malaysia.

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    Hannah Miley

    Miley defended her 400m individual medley title on Thursday night, finishing in four minutes 31.76 seconds to break her own Games record.

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    It's half-time in the hockey at Glasgow Green and Scotland's Women's side are 1-0 up on Malaysia courtesy of a goal from Ailsa Wyllie.

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    WHEELS OF GOLD 16:34:

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    16:21: Keir Murray BBC Sport Scotland

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    Unanimous decision Phil Goodlad BBC Scotland

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    What has been described as the biggest fibre cable-laying project of its kind in the UK in years has started off the west coast of Scotland.

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    Murdoch tops poll 15:44:

    BBC Sport did a wee poll earlier today asking for the best sporting moment of the Commonwealth Games so far.

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    Seconds out 15:21:

    In about 10 minutes, Scotland's Ross Henderson enters the ring in the Men's Super Heavyweight category in the boxing.

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    15:15: Via Twitter Phil Goodlad BBC Scotland

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    Travel update 15:14: BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    On the M9 Northbound, an accident between junction four at Lathallan and junction five at Cadgers Brae is blocking one lane northbound and southbound heading towards Stirling.

    There's Commonwealth Games events today in Carnoustie. Shooting at Barry Buddon finishes in around two hours time, so roads around the venue will be busy this evening.

    In Glasgow it's a busy day with events at the SECC, Kelvingrove, Tollcross and Glasgow Green.

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    Scotrail trains from Helensburgh Central to Edinburgh are not calling at Scotstounhill or Jordanhill today. You can get the low-level service from Glasgow Central if you're heading to events at Scotstoun.

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    Hotel sold 14:56:

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    Commonwealth Flotilla 13:53:

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    Flotilla gathers in Greenock

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    Games lift for bike scheme 13:42:

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    The cost of competing 12:56:

    Scotland's Commonwealth gold-winning sisters Kimberley and Louise Renicks have been speaking to BBC Scotland's Jane Lewis about their big wins yesterday and also funding in judo.

    Kimberley and Louise Renicks

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    'No question' over Arrow smoke 12:48:

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    Read the full story here.

    Scots record breaker 12:39:

    Katie Archibald broke Scottish record in qualifying for women's 3000m individual pursuit and will take on Australian Amy Cure for the bronze medal at about 16:55.

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    Irn Bru maker AG Barr has said it is on track to outperform Britain's overall soft drinks market, with a 5.6% rise in first-half revenue.

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    Swimming success 12:18:

    Team Scotland swimmers are continuing to do well in the pool.

    Dan Wallace set a new British and Commonwealth record in the heats of the 400m medley, while Robbie Renwick, below, the Commonwealth 200m freestyle champion, qualified for the event's final.

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    You can watch all the latest action in the pool live on the BBC Sport website.

    Wales hurdler out following dope test 12:09:

    Team Wales 400m hurdler Rhys Williams is out of the Games after being charged with an anti-doping violation.

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    The 30-year-old former European champion says he is "utterly devastated" and denies knowingly taking any banned substance.

    Pictures of the week 11:55:

    Check out a selection of your photographs of Scotland taken between 18 and 25 July.

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    On today's show 11:43: John Beattie BBC Scotland

    Today, we will be discussing funding for athletes and headgear used by boxers at the Commonwealth Games.

    We will also be live at the pool and the judo. Join us from noon on BBC Radio Scotland or listen online.

    Another Scottish judo win 11:35:

    Scotland's Patrick Dawson has won his preliminary round of 32 fight against Joseph Hell Bapou of Cameroon in the men's judo 73kg category at the SECC this morning.

    Murdoch wins heat 11:24:

    Commonwealth champion Ross Murdoch has won his heat of the Men's 100m breaststroke following his gold medal in the 200m breaststroke last night.

    Michael Jamieson finished third in the same heat.

    Both men should be in tonight's semi-final at around 20:05.

    Beattie meets... 11:15: John Beattie BBC Scotland

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    What a lot of pants 10:58: Graham Fraser BBC Scotland

    Forget all those amazing scenes in the pool last night. Surely the most memorable moment of the Games so far - barring the Scottie dogs of the opening ceremony of course - is the celebration of Gavin Rumgay in the table tennis.

    Gavin Rumgay celebrates in the table tennis

    Are those Team Scotland boxer shorts? Who knows. Some questions are best left unanswered.

    St Helena to Glasgow 10:51:

    For most of you reading this page, it will take minutes or maybe a few hours to travel to Glasgow.

    So spare a thought for athletes from St Helena - an island in the South Atlantic - who spent 10 days travelling to get to the Games.

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    Watch a video diary of their journey.

    Prisoner voting - your views 10:45: Via SMS

    Jeff: Prisoners should definitely have the vote. People change and deserve a second chance.

    Knowles in Inverurie: Surely the whole point of going to prison is you loose your rights. Some discouragement. Must be given to help preventing people offend in the first place.

    Gerry McSherry: Prisoners are part of society. Fact. Thus, they MUST have their "right to vote" respected. Otherwise, our society is fatally flawed,non-inclusive and uncivilised. Unionise our incarcerated!

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    Exam reform delayed 10:39:

    Dozens of schools across Scotland are delaying the introduction of new Highers in popular school subjects, according to BBC Scotland research.

    New look Highers start in the new school year to tie in with the replacements for Standard Grades.

    Classroom scene

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    Mother admits Mikaeel Kular killing 10:30:

    The mother of three-year-old Mikaeel Kular has pleaded guilty to killing her son in Edinburgh in January.

    Mikaeel Kular

    Rosdeep Adekoya had been charged with murder, but admitted the reduced charge of culpable homicide when she appeared at the High Court in Edinburgh.

    Disappointment for Brownlie 10:28: Heather Dewar BBC Scotland

    Scotland's Caroline Brownlie has missed out on qualification for the womens 10m air pistol event at Barry Buddon.

    Caroline Brownlie

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    Camera spy 10:25: Louise Sayers BBC Scotland

    Just spotted the BBC's Gary Lineker doing a piece to camera next to the Science Centre.

    Gary Lineker
    Your pictures 10:11:

    Chris Dwyer from Ullapool sent us this stunning shot of the sun setting along Loch Broom last night.

    Loch Broom

    You can tweet us your pictures using #ScotlandLive or email them here.

    Scots make their mark 10:03:

    BBC Scotland's Andy Burke has created a fantastic video montage of Team Scotland's success on day one.

    Scottish swimmer Ross Murdoch

    Watch it here.

    Watch again 09:56: Graham Fraser BBC Scotland
    Dutchman to leave Celtic? 09:51:

    Speculation surrounding the future of Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk continues.

    Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk

    Read Friday's Scottish gossip round-up.

    Elderly drinking - your views 09:43: Via SMS

    Stan in Banff: My great grandfather had a nip everynight lived to 94.

    H in Edinburgh: It's more like UNDER 65s who need to cut down. As long as over 65s drink very moderately it is ok although must be moderate so to lower risk of falls.

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    Which famous Scots can't vote? 09:37:

    They may have strong opinions on the forthcoming independence referendum, but many of Scotland's famous and respected names don't live in the country so won't get a vote.

    Gordon Strachan

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    Scotland third in the medal table 09:28:

    After day one of competition, Scotland are third in the medal table thanks to golds from swimmers Hannah Miley and Ross Murdoch and judo stars Kimberley and Louise Renicks.

    Medal table after day one

    There were also silvers for Aileen McGlynn and Louise Haston in tandem sprint cycling, swimmer Michael Jamieson and judo fighter Stephanie Inglis.

    John Buchanan, James Millar and Connie Ramsay (all judo) won bronze medals.

    England top the table with six golds, followed by Australia with five.

    Scots to watch 09:21:

    Katie Archibald could medal in the women's individual pursuit on the cycling track. The qualifying is at 11:15, with the final at 16:55.

    South Africa's men are in action against Scotland in the hockey competition at 11:00, while Scotland's women will play Malaysia at 16:00.

    Robbie Renwick at Glasgow 2014

    In Netball, Scotland will play Saint Lucia at 17:00.

    Meanwhile, at the pool, Ross Murdoch and Michael Jamieson will be in action again today in the men's 100m breaststroke semi-finals at around 20:05.

    Robbie Renwick (pictured), the men's 200m freestyle Commonwealth champion, is also in action today. Heats begin at 10:30, with the final at 19:25.

    Don't forget, you can catch all the action on the BBC Sport website.

    Keep the noise up! 09:11: Via Twitter Team Scotland judo player Connie Ramsay

    tweets: Anyone coming to watch judo today, please keep that noise up! It was amazing yesterday! I know yous can do it again! We want to hear yous!

    Two through, one out 09:05:

    Aberdeen and St Johnstone progressed in the Europa League qualifiers last night, but Motherwell went out.

    Aberdeen players celebrating

    The Dons secured a 2-1 win in the Netherlands to beat Groningen by the same scoreline on aggregate while Saints won a penalty shoot-out against Swiss side FC Luzern. Motherwell went down 5-4 on aggregate against Icelanders UMF Stjarnan after extra-time.

    Spanish side Real Sociedad await Aberdeen in the third qualifying round while St Johnstone will face Spartak Trnava of Slovakia.

    Where were you? 08:51:

    Everyone's talking about Scotland's golden night at Glasgow 2014. But where were you? Were you lucky enough to be at Tollcross or the SECC? And how did you celebrate?

    Louise and Kimberley Renicks

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    Morning call 08:30: BBC Radio Scotland

    Kaye Adams leads today's debate from 08:50. With figures showing that almost one in five pensioners drinks alcohol at home every day, she'll be asking: should we be telling old people to lay off the booze?

    Elsewhere, judges in the UK's highest court ruled yesterday that prisoners should not be allowed to vote in September's referendum. Do you agree?

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    Fans flocking to Glasgow 08:15:

    More than 100,000 people are expected at Commonwealth Games venues today during the second day of competition.

    Medal events are taking place in track cycling, swimming, weightlifting and judo at venues in Glasgow.

    Fans at Commonwealth Games

    The shooting medal event takes place at the Barry Buddon Centre in Carnoustie.

    Wickerman gets under way 08:08:

    Thousands of music fans are heading to south west Scotland as the annual Wickerman Festival gets under way.

    Wickerman festival

    The event, at East Kirkcarswell near Dundrennan on Friday and Saturday, will see acts including Dizzee Rascal, Del Amitri, The Feeling and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas perform.

    Re-live the magic 08:01:

    Bathed in sunshine, the opening day at Glasgow 2014 had many memorable moments.


    You can re-live some of them here in our picture gallery.

    Good Morning Scotland 07:52: BBC Radio Scotland

    The nation's morning news programme is on air now with analysis of all the latest national and international developments.

    You can listen live here.

    RBS expects profits to rise 07:46:

    Royal Bank of Scotland has reported better than expected pre-tax profits of £2.65bn for the first half of the year, up from £1.37bn last year.


    The bank said it had set aside much less money for fines and compensation than expected - down to £269m from £2.15bn.

    However, chief executive Ross McEwan warned of "bumps in the road ahead of us."

    Another big day ahead 07:41:

    Following yesterday's success, there's more Team Scotland action to look forward to in the pool and in track cycling, with Michael Jamieson having the opportunity to put his silver medal disappointment behind him in the 100m breaststroke semi-finals at around 7pm.

    Michael Jamieson disappointed with silver at Commonwealth Games

    Robbie Renwick is also in action in the 200m freestyle, the title he won in Delhi four year ago. Elsewhere, Scots athletes are involved in boxing, badminton and squash.

    Keep across all the action on on the BBC Sport website.

    Hot and sunny 07:30: BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    A cloudy and misty start around North Sea coasts with some mist also to be found through the central belt, burning back to leave another fine, hot day with plenty of sunshine.

    It's the last day of high temperatures, which could reach 27C or 28C across central and western Scotland at best. Cooler on the east coast and for eastern cities, but still pleasant once the haar moves away.

    For the Northern Isles, the haar lingers, but some good spells of sunshine coming through the west of Orkney where it could reach 23C. A risk of a few afternoon showers across the Highlands, set off by the high temperatures, some of which could be sharp.

    For a full forecast go to the BBC Weather website.

    Latest updates
    Golden night 07:12:

    Day one ended in a goldrush for Team Scotland with gold medals for sisters Kimberley and Louise Renicks in the judo and Hannah Miley and Ross Murdoch in the pool.

    Hannah Miley

    The home team won 10 medals in all, with the prospect of more to come today.

    Welcome 06:56: Marianne Taylor BBC Scotland news

    Good morning and welcome to BBC Scotland Live. We'll be here until 23:00 bringing you all the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the country, including all the action and atmosphere from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

    Keep in touch and send us your comments and pics via Twitter using #ScotlandLive, by email or by text on 80295.



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