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Double rapist Samuel Knox jailed for parole breach

A double rapist is back in prison for breaching the terms of his release by inviting a young boy into his garden.

Samuel Knox, 55, was freed last year on condition that he avoided contact with anyone aged under 17.

At Kilmarnock Sheriff Court, he was jailed for two years after he admitted allowing a boy into his garden in Irvine, North Ayrshire, in August.

Knox was jailed for two rapes in the 1980s for the abduction and attempted rape of a teenage girl in 2005.

Fraser Alexander, defending, told Sheriff Shirley Foran that Knox's licence had been revoked because of the latest offence.

'Never released'

Mr Alexander added: "It may be that he is never released from prison."

In December 1984, Knox was jailed for six years at the High Court in Glasgow for rape.

The following August, he received 10 years for a second sex attack.

In the latter case, he was caught after boasting to other prisoners that he had got away with another rape.

An identity parade was held and Knox was picked out by the 17-year-old girl he had raped.

In 2005, he was also given a lifelong restriction order after subjecting a 14-year-old papergirl to a terrifying 30-minute ordeal.

He put his hand over her face as she walked past him and told her: "I have got a knife."

Knox then dragged her into a secluded lane where he bound her wrists and ankles before later untying her, touching her and saying: "It's not as bad as I could have done."

He was later traced after giving a DNA sample following his arrest for a minor offence and being linked to a single black sock he left at the scene in West Kilbride, Ayrshire.

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