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House inspection rapist Keith Stevenson jailed

Keith Stevenson
Image caption Keith Stevenson must serve a minimum five years before he can apply for parole

A man who raped a property manager who came to inspect his house has been jailed.

Keith Stevenson, 40, must serve a minimum five years before he can apply for parole after being given an Order for Lifelong Restriction.

The judge deemed him a "high risk" as he sentenced him for the attack at his home in Gorebridge, Midlothian, on the 51-year-old woman in March 2015.

Stevenson was convicted of assault and rape at a trial earlier this year.

He was sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow. The lifelong restriction order means he will continue to be supervised after his release and can be returned to prison if he breaches the order.

A jury heard how the 51-year-old pretended she was pregnant in a bid to make him stop but he told her to "shut up".

'Upside down'

Stevenson already has a lengthy history of violence including a previous six-year jail term for assault.

Lord Kinclaven said: "You subjected the victim to a terrifying and serious assault and rape.

"Her whole life was turned upside down."

The victim was attacked while inspecting a number of properties in Midlothian. She did not know Stevenson.

Recalling her ordeal, she said: "He grabbed me from behind by my neck. He told me that I wasn't going anywhere.

"He said 'shut up' and 'just be a good girl'. He said it would be all over in 10 minutes. He told me not to go for my phone.

"I was just shocked. I then said 'please let me go. I'm pregnant. I need to go to the hospital. I have an appointment. I need to go. He told me to shut up."

The woman was then dragged into a bedroom as Stevenson threatened to kill her.

She told a jury: "I knew it was do or die. I started kicking him. I started screaming. He put his hand in my mouth. He said: 'shut up, shut up'

"I then bit down on his finger. He said: 'It should not have happened like that'."

Stevenson had denied the charges.

He has been jailed nine times in the past.

He was locked up in the late 90s for six years for serious assault. He was freed early before being handed an extended seven year term for violence in 2002.

Stevenson was latterly jailed for 30 months in 2011 for having a knife.

Det Insp Scott Anderson, of Police Scotland, said: "Keith Stevenson preyed on this woman who simply turned up at his house to do her job.

"The victim bravely came forward to police shortly after the incident, which enabled us to react quickly to gather enough evidence to trace and detain Stevenson.

"Police Scotland treats all reports of sexual crime with the utmost seriousness and we will investigate to ensure those responsible are brought to justice."

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