Glasgow & West Scotland

Crown challenges rapist jail term

Prosecutors are to appeal against a rapist's five-year jail term after it emerged he may only serve 18 months.

Richard Gibbons, 47, from Coatbridge, was convicted of raping a woman at a house in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, on 10 November 2008.

After his trial in July, judge Lord McEwan back-dated the jail term to when he was charged on 24 November 2008.

As Gibbons had been on bail since then, it was likely that he would serve less than a third of the five-year sentence.

The Crown Office confirmed an appeal had been lodged against the sentence, which was imposed at the High Court in Glasgow last month.

No date has yet been set for any hearing.

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