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Teenager Kenneth McGeechan jailed for raping 'vulnerable' woman

Kenneth McGeechan Image copyright Mike Gibbons
Image caption Kenneth McGeechan had earlier pleaded guilty to rape

A teenager who admitted raping a 'vulnerable' woman with learning difficulties in Fife has been jailed for four years and eight months.

Kenneth McGeechan, 18, raped the 20-year-old in a 40-minute attack in Dunfermline on 13 April 2015.

McGeechan and the woman were staying at a house used by Fife Council to give support accommodation to young adults.

He gave her alcohol before sexually assaulting her and telling her: "This can be our dirty little secret."

McGeechan had sex with the woman despite her telling him "No" and crying during the ordeal.

A judge told him at the High Court in Edinburgh: "You have pled guilty to a most serious sexual offence indeed, which in many ways is made worse by the fact that you were warned about your conduct towards the victim in the weeks and months prior."

Lord Turnbull said McGeechan had been told "in no uncertain terms" that the victim did not want to have a sexual relationship with him.

The judge said he took into account his age - he was 17 at the time of the offence - and developmental difficulties McGeechan had faced and a lack of guidance and boundaries in his life.

He told him he would have faced a sentence of seven years' detention but for his guilty plea.

McGeechan, from Glenrothes, had earlier admitted assaulting and raping the victim.

Defence solicitor advocate Gordon Martin said: "He regrets what he did and the distress he has caused."

He said McGeechan was a young man from a difficult background who has been in care, in one form or another, since the age of seven.

McGeechan was placed on the sex offenders' register.

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