Former TA soldier found guilty of raping two women

The High Court in Glasgow.
The High Court in Glasgow.
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A disgraced former Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army was yesterday convicted of raping two women he met on a dating site.

Philip Donegan, 50, from Knightswood, Glasgow , who was a formerly a tax lecturer at Strathclyde University, met his victims on a dating website.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that Donegan raped a 33-year-old in her Paisley home on October, 2016 and a 30-year-old woman at his home in Ashby Crescent, Glasgow, on July 28, 2017.

Donegan was also found guilty of a stalking campaign against the 33-year-old following the rape by bombarding her with unwanted texts, phone calls and threatening to send an indecent photograph of her to her boss.

Prosecutor Sheena Fraser said: “Mr Donegan is a man who does not listen when he is told no.”

The 30-year-old woman said in evidence that she went to the police after becoming distressed watching the attempted rape scene in Braveheart on DVD. She told the jury: “I was so upset I phoned my former husband and said: ‘I’ve been raped.’”

The woman then contacted the police.

She told prosecutor Sheena Fraser that initially the sex between them was consensual, but then she said it was painful and asked him to stop.

Ms Fraser asked the woman: “Did you make clear you wanted him to stop,” and she replied: “Absolutely.”

Donegan stalked his other victim between October 13 and November 6, 2016, after she told him never to contact her again.

On one occasion he left a plastic bag with a card from him and a lip balm which she had dropped in a supermarket. This was placed at her front door while she was at home.

The woman said: “I was so upset that I went into a complete meltdown.”

She told the jurors that while Donegan raped her she was “squirming” and added: “I 
told him various times I 
didn’t like it and asked him to stop.”

Ms Fraser told the jury: “In both cases after the rapes the accused acted as if nothing was wrong, but afterwards apologised to the women.”

In evidence, Donegan claimed that sex with both women was consensual. He said that the threat to send an indecent photograph of the 33-year-old to her boss was “a joke.”

Donegan will be sentenced next month.