A BOGUS film producer who conned four women into providing sexual favours has been convicted of raping a fifth victim in a separate incident.
• Steven Dick conned four women into providing sexual favours by pretending to audition them for reality TV shows or adult film work
• Dick also accused of conspiring with his brother Stuart to murder the woman and to have tracked her down to Sweden
A court heard the woman fled the country in fear of her life after the attack by Steven Dick, 36, at his home in Burntisland, Fife.
Dick was also accused of conspiring with his brother, Stuart Dick, 26, to murder the woman, and to have tracked her down to Sweden.
However, the jury at the High Court in Edinburgh returned a not proven verdict on the conspiracy charge and Stuart Dick, of Thornhill, Stirlingshire, was freed.
Steven Dick will be sentenced next month on a total of six charges.
Four were of obtaining sexual favours by fraud, by pretending to audition women for a television reality show or adult film. The others were the rape of the 33-year-old woman in February last year, and of attempting to defeat the ends of justice by concealing or destroying evidence of the crime.
Dick claimed that, although he had weighed 21 stone and initially had resisted the woman’s advances, he gave in to her demands for sexual contact.
However, the victim said she had been terrified by Dick’s threats to kill her.
She told the jury she had known Dick and went to his home after he said he wanted to speak to her. He ushered her into a bedroom with his hand against her back.
“He was quite threatening. I felt I was trapped in the room,” she said. She tried to punch him but he struck back and she ended up in a “crumpled heap” on the floor. She was bound to the bed with cable ties and tape.
“I believed he was going to kill me. At the same time, I could not accept I was going to die. I decided to co-operate with him. I did not see what else I could do. I was not able to reason my way out of the situation, or physically fight my way out. I did not want to be raped, but I wanted to
survive,” she said.
Following the incident, the woman asked her work for a move abroad and she went to Sweden. Colleagues were instructed not to give out information if anyone came looking for her, and Swedish police assigned her a protection officer.
In September last year, she learned that someone had been asking about her in Stockholm, and police met Dick and his brother as they arrived back at Edinburgh Airport from a mini-break to Stockholm. Officers found two knives in Stuart Dick’s case and he said he had taken them for food preparation at self-catering accommodation in Sweden.
Dick’s case contained a balaclava and boiler suit, a blonde female wig, gloves, boots and two photographs of the rape victim. He said the clothing had been for rambling, and the wig was for a joke if they went to a nightclub.
Dick admitted four charges of fraud.
He placed adverts on a website pretending to represent a film or television company, and four women went to his home for an audition on different occasions between December 2009 and January 2011.
He persuaded the women to strip and to be filmed. Three of them performed sex acts on Dick and one also had sexual intercourse with him.
A 23-year-old beauty therapist told the trial she had been lured by the chance of becoming “Britain’s next top glamour star”.
Dick told her she could secure a place on the television show if she performed a sex act on him, but she refused.
Dick told the jury he wanted to apologise to the women and that he accepted his behaviour had been “despicable”.