Rapist Douglas McCleary jailed for seven years

NEWTON Stewart man Douglas McCleary has been jailed for seven years after subjecting a woman to a sustained assault before raping her.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 8th March 2012, 11:16 am

McCleary, 44, was found guilty by jury at the High Court in Edinburgh last month and sentenced yesterday (Thursday).

The jury heard how he prevented his victim, who cannot be named, from climbing out of a window to escape and threatened to kill her at an address in the town last August.

McCleary repeatedly punched and kicked his 37-year-old victim and seized her by the hair and threw her around before pushing her down on a bed and raping her.

In sentencing, Lord Tyre pointed out that McCleary had a previous record for violence, including a rape conviction from more than 20 years ago.

He ordered that McCleary, of no fixed address, should also be kept under supervision for a further three years, and will remain on the sex offenders register indefinately.

During an earlier trial he had denied raping the woman, claiming that sex had been consensual, but a jury was otherwise persuaded.