Glasgow & West Scotland

Man convicted of attempted rape in Kelvingrove Park

A man has been convicted of attacking a woman in one of Glasgow's busiest parks with the intention of raping her.

Steven Arnold, 43, grabbed the 37-year-old student from behind in Kelvingrove Park on 30 May 2014.

He placed his hand over her mouth and pushed her towards trees but ran off after she managed to scream for help.

Arnold claimed he was trying to steal the woman's phone but was convicted of attempted rape after the victim gave evidence. Sentence was deferred.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court, Sheriff Sam Cathcart told Arnold the likely outcome would be a "substantial" custodial sentence.

Filming university

Before the trial, Arnold admitted a charge of failing to turn up to a court date in relation to the case in March 2015.

During the trial, the victim told the court that she was attacked from behind while filming the spire of Glasgow University on her mobile phone from Kelvingrove Park.

As she was pushed towards nearby trees, she struggled with Arnold, tried to turn round to look at him and remove his hand from her mouth.

Eventually she managed to scream and he pushed her and ran off.

The victim broke down as she told the jury "Honestly I think it was an attempt to rape me."

It was suggested that he was trying to steal her phone, which was on full view because she had it up in front of her to film.

However, the victim told the court: "If he was a thief he'd just take my phone and run away."

As Arnold ran off from the park he threw away a rucksack.

When he was traced by police he never disputed being the woman's attacker and claimed he was trying to rob her of her mobile phone and there was no sexual element.

The jury, however, did not believe him and convicted Arnold of assault with intent to rape.

Related Topics

More on this story