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Sex offender Paul McAllister raped vulnerable man

A convicted sex offender has admitted luring a man with learning difficulties away from a hospital and raping him.

Paul McAllister, 33, enticed the 42-year-old man from Monklands Hospital accident and emergency department on 20 December last year.

He later raped the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, in a wooded area in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire.

Sentence of McAllister was deferred at the High Court in Glasgow, and he was placed on the sex offenders' register.

The court heard that the victim spent time at the hospital as "he felt safe there".

Kill threat

Advocate depute Gillian Wade, prosecuting, said: "It was while he was there, that the accused approached him and encouraged him to leave with him saying he could get him a girlfriend.

"He recalls that the accused approached him from behind in the wooded area and placed his arm round his throat.

"He was very frightened and tried to punch his attacker. He was told if he tried that again he would be killed."

After the attack, McAllister went to his victim's home with him.

Ms Wade added: "The complainer is an extremely vulnerable gentleman. The extent of his vulnerability is immediately apparent and would have been obvious to the accused.

"His verbal interaction is slow as is his comprehension. His ability to cope with any situation is affected by how safe he feels."

Police appeal

Police, who had been alerted to the victim's disappearance from the hospital, later went to his home.

When they arrived, the victim rushed to the door, hugged a police officer and told him: "He is there don't let him near me."

The man also told officers that McAllister had raped him.

McAllister, who has a previous sexual offence conviction from 1999, forced his victim to give evidence, but pleaded guilty halfway through his evidence.

Judge Lord Tyre deferred sentence on McAllister, who is a prisoner in Addiewell Prison, until next month for background reports and an assessment of the risk he poses to the public.

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