Rapist locked up for seven years

High Court of Justiciary in, Edinburgh
High Court of Justiciary in, Edinburgh

A man who raped a woman after tying her up at a Dumfries and Galloway farm has been jailed for seven years at Edinburgh’s High Court.

Grant Monteith trussed her arms to her body and tied her to agricultural gear before forcing himself on her at a farm near Stranraer.

Grant Monteith

Grant Monteith

The 22-year-old also sexually assaulted the woman on further occasions after binding her ankles and wrists to a bed at a house in Stranraer.

Monteith, formerly of George Street in Stranraer, attacked and raped a second woman in the town too after she told him she didn’t want to have sex with him.

A judge told Monteith she was satisfied that he “presented a risk of serious harm to women”.

Lady Maggie Scott told him: “You have been convicted of 14 charges constituting a serious and sustained course of conduct against two women.”

Monteith was found guilty after trial of offences including rape, assault and threatening or abusive behaviour between 2012 and 2014.

Lady Scott ordered that he should be kept under supervision for a further two years and placed him on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.

She said she took into account that Monteith was a first-time offender with an otherwise stable lifestyle.

One victim was throttled by Monteith during attacks and was chased into a bathroom, only for him to kick open the door.

Another 23-year-old woman was grabbed by the throat and pinned against a wall during an assault.

Monteith had denied the offences at an earlier trial, and his defence counsel Michael Meehan said his position remained the same.

Mr Meehan asked the court to take into account that Monteith was “a relatively young man” with a hard-working background.