JUS­TICE AT LAST

Rapist caught af­ter 36 years

East Kilbride News - - FRONT PAGE - Court re­porter

An East Kil­bride man who raped two women has fi­nally been brought to book af­ter more than 36 years.

Robert Yule was con­victed of drag­ging one vic­tim into a lane near to Ren­field Street, Glas­gow in 1981 and rap­ing a school­girl in Whistle­berry Road, Hamil­ton af­ter pulling her from a foot­path into a se­cluded area.

One of his vic­tims told the High Court in Glas­gow: “I was try­ing to fight him...I was scream­ing.”

An East Kil­bride man who raped two women has fi­nally been brought to jus­tice af­ter more than 36 years.

At the High Court in Glas­gow, Robert Yule, of Shiel Av­enue, East Mains, was con­victed of drag­ging one vic­tim into a lane near to Ren­field Street, Glas­gow on May 18, 1981 and rap­ing a school­girl in Whis­tele­berry Road, Hamil­ton af­ter pulling her from a foot­path into a se­cluded area.

The 53-year-old, who is known as Bruce, was found not guilty of an­other rape in Ruther­glen in March 1992.

The vic­tim, who was dragged into a lane in Glas­gow, is now 54.

She told pros­e­cu­tor An­gela Gray:“I was 18 and I left a night­club at 1am with friends.”

The woman told the court that Yule had also been at the night­club.

She sobbed as she said:“It hap­pened so fast. I got dragged into a lane off Ren­field Street.”

Ms Gray asked:“What was the last thing you saw be­fore you were dragged into the lane?”

The woman replied:“Bruce. He had an evil look. He grabbed me.

“It hap­pened so sud­denly. He forced me against a wall and he pulled and pushed me to the ground.

“Some­thing hit me on the head it all hap­pened so fast. I was try­ing to de­fend my­self. It felt as if he had eight arms. I ended up on the ground.

“He was strong and pow­er­ful. I was try­ing to fight him and telling him to stop. I was scream­ing.”

The woman said she told her mother she had been raped and they went to the po­lice sta­tion to re­port it.

She added:“They said I must have had too much to drink and said I was out look­ing for men.”

The court was told that 10 years later she came across Yule at a so­cial event.

She said:“He said‘I’m sorry for what hap­pened,’and he was laugh­ing.”

Yule claimed that the woman had con­sented to have sex with him.

His other vic­tim, who is now 52, told of how when she was 14 or 15 Yule raped her.

She said:“He pulled and pushed me onto the ground and raped me.”

The woman said she told no one what hap­pened un­til she was 17 and re­vealed what had hap­pened to her best friend.

De­fence coun­sel Sarah Liv­ing­stone asked the woman:“You ac­cept that af­ter this so-called rape you had sex with Bruce.” She replied:“Yes af­ter.” The court heard that po­lice opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Yule two years ago and spoke to the woman as part of their in­quiries.

She was asked by Ms Gray:“Was he an­gry over you re­port­ing him for rap­ing you,”and she replied:“Yes, very an­gry.”

Judge Nor­man Ritchie QC de­ferred sen­tence on Yule, who is deaf, un­til next month for back­ground re­ports and al­lowed him bail.

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