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Alan Radcliffe jailed for rape and assault in Scotland

A man who raped two women in Scotland has been jailed for eight years after previously being cleared of sex attacks on other women in England.

Alan Radcliffe was convicted of assault, two rapes and making threats against four women following a trial at the High Court in Edinburgh last month.

The 29-year-old was arrested after an eight month investigation.

He raped women in Perth and Stirlingshire and assaulted women in West Lothian and Fife.

Passing sentence, Judge Lord Kinclaven told Radcliffe: "You have been found guilty by the verdict of the jury of a number of serious offences against females."

Domestic abuse

The judge added: "Clearly there is no alternative to a significant custodial sentence. No other method of dealing with you is appropriate."

The judge said Radcliffe had "a significant record" although only one previous conviction was for assault, when he was jailed at Cambridge Crown Court despite being acquitted on three rape charges.

Lord Kinclaven also ordered that Radcliffe should be on supervision for a further year after his release from prison, and he was placed on the sex offenders' register.

During his latest trial, one of his four female victims told the High Court in Edinburgh that Radcliffe told her he had been in the Army and had just come back from a tour.

The woman said that within weeks she noticed angry outbursts from him. She said it would be "just an angry expression on his face and white knuckles".

He attacked her in 2004 at a house in Kincardine and in Livingston.

Another woman was raped at a house in Airth in Stirlingshire in 2005, when he squeezed her neck and restricted her breathing.

'Manipulative man'

Radcliffe also assaulted the woman by pushing her onto a couch and brandishing a knife.

He raped another woman in 2012 at a house in Perth.

The court heard Radcliffe had lived at a number of addresses but was latterly staying in Carlisle.

He had previously been sentenced to 21 months for assault in England following a trial in Cambridge.

Ch Supt John Thomson, of Police Scotland, said: "Radcliffe is a dangerous and manipulative man who targeted women, lying to them in order to gain their trust.

"Once the relationship was established he would become violent and aggressive towards them, women he supposedly loved.

"Radcliffe is now behind bars and justice has been served. There is no doubt that women were frightened of him but they spoke to police, detailing some of the horrors they suffered at his hands.

"I would like to thank these women for their bravery in speaking out and would like to reiterate to anyone who is suffering domestic abuse not to suffer in silence and report it."

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