Highlands & Islands

Inverness rapist Andrew Peters in courtroom disturbance

A man convicted of raping two women was warned that he would be removed from the High Court in Edinburgh after causing a disturbance.

Andrew Peters, 32, of Inverness, demanded to speak to the judge as he was brought to the dock for sentencing.

Lord Uist told Peters he would be removed if he continued with his protest.

Sentence was deferred to give Peters' lawyer more time to study background reports.

In July, Peters was found guilty of raping a 48-year-old woman on 4 November last year, leaving her severely injured and scarred.

He was also convicted of an attempt to defeat the ends of justice by concealing and destroying evidence.

The jury at his trial also found him guilty of raping a 27-year-old woman on 9 March 2011. Both attacks were carried out at his then home in Inverness.

Peters denies the charges.

During the trial, the 48-year-old woman told how she smeared her blood behind a bed head in an effort to leave evidence of the attack.

She said Peters told her to clean up the bedroom, wash the bed sheets and to take a shower.

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