NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Rapist Andrew Forbes jailed for 11 years for Aberdeen attack

Aberdeen rapist Andrew Forbes Image copyright Police scotland
Image caption Rapist Andrew Forbes was sentenced for a similar offence as a teenager

A convicted sex attacker has been jailed for 11 years after he admitted raping a woman in Aberdeen.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard Andrew Forbes had already been sentenced to six years for a similar offence in his teens.

Forbes, 47, met the woman on a night out in the city centre in August 2012.

They were refused entry to a casino for being too drunk before Forbes dragged his 24-year-old victim into a lane off Castle Street and attacked her.

During her ordeal, the victim pleaded: "Imagine if this was your daughter."

But Forbes continued the attack, warning her: "Let me do it this way or I will do it worse."

The incident was captured on CCTV cameras and Forbes later pleaded guilty.

Lord Bracadale told Forbes it was clear this was a violent and sustained rape during which his victim had struggled to resist him.

He pointed out Forbes had a very significant previous conviction for a similar offence.

Forbes was jailed for 11 years with a further five years under supervision.

Police welcomed the length of the prison sentence.

Det Insp Richie Guild said: "It protects the community from a dangerous individual.

"This was a horrific and sustained attack which was absolutely terrifying for the woman involved.

"I would like to pay tribute to the victim for the strength and character she displayed during the investigation.

"It is our hope that the outcome will bring some form of closure for her and that she can move on with her life."

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites