Glasgow & West Scotland

Ex-soldier Gordon Clark jailed for Glasgow sex attacks

A former soldier has been jailed for six years for raping one woman and attempting to rape another.

Gordon Clark, 58, was convicted of attacking the women, who were working as prostitutes, at flats in Glasgow in April 2008 and January this year.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard how Clark was linked to the first attack after DNA samples were taken from his second victim.

He was also placed on the sex offenders register.

The court heard how Clark assaulted his first victim in April 2008 when he seized her by the hair at a flat in the Glasgow, repeatedly slapped her buttocks and grabbed her neck and raped her.

'Serious crimes'

He struck again in January this year when he restrained another woman with handcuffs and put underwear in her mouth, restricting her breathing.

He pulled her pants down and carried out sex acts on the woman during the attempted rape.

Jailing him, temporary judge Kenneth Maciver told Clark: "You have been convicted of two serious crimes, one of rape and one of attempted rape."

The judge pointed out that the second offence was aggravated by a jury's verdict that the assault was carried out to the danger of the victim's life.

"There were similarities in these crimes although they were separated by five years in time," he said.

"Both victims were working as prostitutes at the time of the offences."

The judge said the nature of the crimes made a custodial sentence "absolutely inevitable".

He said Clark may continue to pose a significant risk of harm on his eventual release and imposed an extended sentence in the public interest.

As a result, Clark will be under supervision for a further two years following his release.

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