Galashiels rapist jailed for sex attacks on pregnant women

Rapist Colin Mackinnon.
Rapist Colin Mackinnon.

A brutal rapist is now behind bars after being convicted of carrying out sex attacks on two pregnant women.

Colin Mackinnon, of Galashiels, has been given a 10-year extended sentence.

The 42-year-old will serve seven years in prison, and he will remain on licence for a further three years because he is regarded as a serious risk to the public.

If he commits further offences or breaches any of the supervision conditions imposed, he will be subject to recall to serve the rest of his 10-year sentence behind bars.

Judge Iain Peebles, Lord Bannatyne, told Mackinnon at the High Court in Livingston that his name will remain on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.

Scottish ministers will also be notified of his conviction under laws designed to protect vulnerable groups.

Mackinnon, of Broom Drive, Galashiels, was earlier found guilty at Glasgow High Court of three brutal rapes involving two separate women in Dumfriesshire.

His 10-year long reign of terror only came to end after one of his victims was brave enough to speak out.

She contacted police, and they investigated her claims and tracked down other victims of his.

Although Mackinnon denied the catalogue of charges, a jury saw through his lies and found him guilty of three counts of rape .

The first was on an occasion in early 2000, when he assaulted a pregnant woman by seizing her body, pulling her onto her back and raping her.

He was found guilty of assaulting and raping a different woman on various occasions between March 2007 and June 2010 while she too was pregnant .

He was also convicted of assaulting and raping the second woman again between June 2010 and November 2010.

The jury returned verdicts of not proven on other charges of rape involving a third pregnant woman between June 2012 and March 2013.

Detective Inspector Robin Ferguson, of Police Scotland’s domestic abuse investigation unit in Dumfries, said: “This man is clearly a real danger to women, and this sentence reflects the seriousness of his crimes against his victims, who were terrified of him.

“Tackling rape and sexual crime is a key priority for Police Scotland.

“Victims of sexual crime can be confident that we will listen to them and investigate their report thoroughly, no matter how much time has passed.

“Our response will be victim-focused, and every investigation will be tailored to meet their individual needs.

“This man is where he deserves to be and where he can no longer terrorise women.”

One of Mackinnon’s victims said after the case: “I’m glad that it’s over. I’m still trying to take it in. I can now get my life back on track.”