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Rapist Aaron Beresford jailed after being caught by phone recording

A man who was convicted of rape after his victim managed to record his threats on her mobile phone has been jailed for six years.

Aaron Beresford, 29, attacked the 27-year-old woman, whom he knew, at a house in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, on 9 March last year.

Beforehand he had demanded sex and told the victim he would do it anyway.

Jurors rejected his claim that he was aware of the audio recording and the victim asked him to make the comments.

Jailing him at the High Court in Glasgow, judge Sean Murphy QC told Beresford: "You committed one of the most serious offences in criminal law."

'Utterly ridiculous'

During the trial, the woman recalled trying to push Beresford off her during the attack.

She said: "It did not work...I was telling him no."

The court heard she eventually broke free and slapped Beresford before telling her mother what had happened.

Beresford claimed he knew the woman's mobile phone was recording the incident and that the victim had wanted him to make the threats - a claim branded "utterly ridiculous" by prosecutors.

In his closing speech to the jury, advocate depute Alan MacKay, prosecuting, said: "His explanation is an insult to your collective intelligence."

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