Thug jailed for eight years for rape and assault

A BRUTAL thug who raped and assaulted two of his partners and attacked a third was today jailed for eight years.

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Ryan Strang, 26, from Provanmill, Glasgow, was also ordered to be monitored in the community for four years after his release from prison.

Sick Strang smirked as he raped one of his victims and told her: "You're mine, so it's not rape."

Judge Lord Armstrong told Strang, who has been assessed as at high risk of re-offending: "The evidence showed that you were controlling and possessive.

"Your victims were three young women whom you were at different times in a relationship with.

"There is a worrying pattern in your behaviour towards young women."

Strang committed the offences between 2009 and 2012.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that with each women Strang's behaviour followed a pattern. He would begin by calling them names like "slut" and "cow" then he would assault them and then raped them.

He was found guilty of raping each of the woman who are aged 22 and 24, on a single occasion.

Strang was also convicted of assaulting the 24-year-old to the danger of her life by striking on the ear with his hand, hitting her on the head with a lighter, slapping her and biting her on the hand and chest and trying to strangle her.

His victims said that Strang was manipulative and controlling and could change in the click of a finger.

The other rape victim, 22 said: "I said I didn't want sex and he was smirking."

She said he also told her: "You're mine, so it's not rape."

This woman was so terrified of Strang that during one of the beatings he inflicted on her she told the court she tried to jump out of a window to get away from him.

His other rape victim who is 24, claimed that he tried to run her down as as she left a funeral with a friend.

Seconds earlier sick Strang had phoned her on her mobile and said: "Look behind you."

When the woman did she claimed she saw Strang sitting behind the wheel of a car revving the engine. She claimed and a friend had to run to safety as he drove at them. Strang was cleared of this charge, but was convicted of hitting her with a 25 kilo dumb bell and perforating her eardrum.

In evidence Strang denied all the allegations against him. He said that the women were lying because he had cheated on them.

He was asked by defence counsel Thomas Ross: "Is it correct that your position is that your were in a relationship with these young women and had consensual sex with them," and replied: "Yes.."

Advocate depute Jane Farquharson, prosecuting, asked: "All three women don't know each other , but they all say such similar things about you and the way you behave in a relationship, why would that be," and Strang replied: "I don't know."

Strang was found guilty of kicking another woman, who is now aged 25, in the stomach and then sing eggs over her head before walking away laughing.

He was also accused of raping her in 2003, but the jury found the case against him not proven.

Miss Farquharson told the court that Strang served a six-month sentence in 2009 for following his 24-year-old rape victim along a Glasgow street and threatening to murder her. Mr Ross told the court that Strang continues to deny the offences and added: "He is committed to behaving himself on his release from custody."

Lord Armstrong placed Strang on the sex offenders' register and deferred sentence until next month for sentence.

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