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Lifelong order for Aberdeen sex offender Martin Smith

An Aberdeen sex offender who told police he was an "animal" who needed to be "put down" has been given a lifelong restriction order.

Former solider Martin Smith, 28, attacked his third victim in the space of nine years in July last year.

He admitted assaulting the woman with intent to rape.

At the High Court in Stirling, Lord Turnbull imposed the order which means that Smith will only be released when he is deemed safe.

He would still then be subject to continuing risk assessments.

Lord Turnbull said: "You pled guilty to an offence which would be serious enough on its own - but it is the third offence of this nature that you have committed."

He set a punishment part of the order of two years and three months, backdated to July last year when Smith was arrested.

This period must expire before Smith can apply for parole.

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