A 35-year-old Uddingston man who raped a student after following her to the village’s Castle Gate area has been jailed for more than six years.
John Ryan targeted his 20-year-old victim after she got off a train at Uddingston grabbing her from behind while armed with a pocket knife.
The terrified woman offered Ryan her handbag and begged him to leave her alone, but he ignored her pleas and dragged her into some nearby woodland where he carried a ‘horrific’ sexually assault..
As part of the police investigation, security camera images from the area were released.
Ryan was caught after police interviewed sex offenders in the area and matched his DNA to samples from the victim.
At the High Court in Livingston, Ryan was sentenced to six years, eight months imprisonment.
The sentence was welcomed by police who commended the victim’s bravery and the public for their assistance in catching Ryan.
Detective Inspector Tom Carty, of Police Scotland’s National Rape Taskforce, said: “Ryan is without doubt a dangerous, predatory individual, who stalked his victim before sexually assaulting her just yards from a busy residential street.
“This was an incident which shocked the tight knit community of Uddingston. I would like to take this opportunity to commend the bravery of the young woman in coming forward and reporting this horrific crime, and also I’d like to thank the public who contacted the police with information following our appeals.
“Thankfully, the young woman and her family have been spared the ordeal of a court trial following his guilty plea, and I hope she and her family are able to try to move on with their lives.
“We are committed to tackling sexual crime. We will carry out thorough investigations of all sexual crimes reported to us and we would encourage any victims of sexual crime to contact us. We work with partners to ensure that victims receive the support they need.
“As the case of Ryan demonstrates today, we will work tirelessly to ensure that those who perpetrate these crimes will not go undetected.”
Ryan was previously convicted of a sexual assault in 2004.