I raped student in Glasgow street, admits attacker

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A MAN has admitted attacking and raping a teenage student in the west end of Glasgow.

Ryan Lafferty, 23, of Millerston, Glasgow, subjected the 19-year-old woman to a brutal attack near Ashton Lane, on 19 May, 2012.

The High Court in Glasgow heard yesterday that Lafferty pounced as his victim walked along the street at 1:50am.

Prosecutor Neil Beardmore said: “The accused grabbed her from behind, with an arm round her neck and another around her waist. She struggled and screamed and was pushed to the ground.”

Lafferty crouched over the woman and repeatedly punched her. When she stopped screaming, he stopped punching her.

He then dragged her across to a set of steps and sexually abused her, before demanding she perform a sex act.

The terrified woman began screaming again, and Lafferty punched her several times in the face before forcing her to perform a sex act on him.

At one point, the woman was able to shout for help but Lafferty grabbed her hair and tried to drag her down the steps.

Two passers-by went to her aid and found her to be in such a state of distress that she was hyperventilating.

Mr Beardmore added: “The police and an ambulance were called.”

The court heard that Lafferty made his way home and explained away scratches to his face by telling his girlfriend he had been in a fight.

His victim was treated for bruising to her face and shoulder at the accident and emergency department at the Western Infirmary.

Unemployed Lafferty had been thrown out of Glasgow University’s Queen Margaret Union that night for making a nuisance of himself.

Shortly before the rape, he was seen collapsed through drink. Lafferty, who gave his name to medical students who tended to him, emerged as a suspect during the police inquiry.

The students called a taxi for him, but Lafferty wandered off and minutes later carried out the attack. CCTV footage showed him hiding behind a van as the woman walked along Lilybank Gardens and following her. The woman still suffers nightmares and has difficulty sleeping.

Judge Lady Scott remanded Lafferty in custody and ordered background reports ahead of sentence next month at the High Court in Edinburgh. She also placed Lafferty on the sex offenders’ register.