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Forfar mechanic denies sex attacks on Dundee women

A mechanic has denied carrying out serious sex attacks on seven women in Dundee and told a jury he had only ever lied to his wife.

Kenneth Jolly admitted trawling the city's streets to pick up prostitutes on a regular basis before taking them to his caravan and paying them for sex.

At the High Court in Perth, the 54-year-old denied all charges against him.

Evidence in the trial, before Lord Boyd, concluded on Wednesday.

Mr Jolly told the jury he had dealt with the girls on a commercial basis and had paid to have sexual intercourse with them when he had enough cash.

He said: "I never forced anybody. A lot of them didn't seem to be on drugs. They seemed to be very nice girls.

"I would always drive them back to wherever they wanted to go. I did not tell my wife about using prostitutes."

Lied to wife

Advocate Depute Leanne Cross asked Mr Jolly: "Would you lie to your wife if you had to about the prostitutes?" Mr Jolly replied: "Yes."

Ms Cross asked Mr Jolly: "If it suits you, and if it avoids you getting into some sort of trouble, you are prepared on occasion to lie aren't you?"

Mr Jolly replied: "No, only to my wife."

He told the jury that he was still living with his wife at their home in Forfar. He added: "I deceived my wife by going with prostitutes."

The 54-year-old admitted using prostitutes so regularly that he kept a list of their contact details in his wallet.

He said he could offer no explanation as to why the seven sex workers had earlier told the court about the sexually violent way he behaved towards them.

Mr Jolly, from Forfar, denies a series of attacks between June 2010 and June last year.

He lodged special defences alleging that any sexual contact which took place was consensual.

Closing submissions are to begin on Thursday.

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