Rape and in­de­cent as­sault charges Bat­tered with Playsta­tion con­troller Re­peat­edly punched his vic­tim

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A man who raped his girl­friend after ac­cus­ing her of hav­ing sex with an ac­ci­dent and e m e r g e n c y d o c t o r, a l s o in­de­cently as­saulted another woman in a Ruther­glen house, a court heard last week.

At the High Court in Glas­gow Paul Meechan, 23, from Yoker, ad­mit­ted rap­ing the woman at a house in Alexan­dria, Dun­bar­ton­shire. on June 8.

He also ad­mit­ted as­sault­ing her by pour­ing milk and the con­tents of two ash­trays over her and tak­ing photographs of her and telling her to smile.

Meechan also pleaded guilty to in­de­cently as­sault­ing another woman at a house in Ruther­glen and bat­ter­ing her with a Playsta­tion con­troller and re­peat­edly punch­ing her.

Th­ese of­fences were com­mit­ted be­tween April 2009 and Jan­uary 2013.

The court heard that he beat vic­tim so of­ten that she flinched when he ap­proached her.

He also locked her in the house when he left be­cause he be­lieved she was see­ing other men

She told po­lice that on oc­ca­sions he threw crock­ery with food on it at her for no rea­son and then forced her to eat the food off the floor.

On one oc­ca­sion he as­saulted her with the Playsta­tion re­mote con­trol in front of his grand­mother. When his grand­mother tried to in­ter­vene Meechan told her: “The more you hit me, the harder I’m gon­nae hit her.”

On the rape charge, Ad­vo­cate de­pute Dou­glas Fair­ley QC, prose­cut­ing, said: “Two weeks into the re­la­tion­ship with the woman he raped, the ac­cused be­gan mak­ing ac­cu­sa­tions that she was be­ing un­faith­ful.

“He ac­com­pa­nied her to A&E and waited in the wait­ing room while she was ex­am­ined by a doc­tor and found to have a uri­nary in­fec­tion.”

That evening Meechan re­peat­edly told her she had slept with the doc­tor and de­manded she had sex with him.

When she told him she didn’t want to have sex he raped her while she cried loudly.

The next morn­ing he be­gan shout­ing and swear­ing at her de­mand­ing that she tell him she had slept with the doc­tor.

Mr Fair­ley said: “Be­cause she was frightened she even­tu­ally ad­mit­ted to hav­ing had sex with the doc­tor, although she knew that this was not true.”

Later that night he told her she was “a sick in­di­vid­ual” “twisted” and a “slut” and then poured milk and the con­tents of two ash­trays over her head.

He took a pho­to­graph of her cov­ered in milk and cig­a­rette ends and ash and told her to “smile for the cam­era.”

In the early hours of the next morn­ing she fled after he told her: “I’m go­ing to stab you.

“I’m go­ing to slash your face. I’ll gladly do three years for it.”

Judge Lord Boyd de­ferred sen­tence on Meechan un­til Jan­uary for back­ground re­ports.

His de­fence coun­sel Tony Gra­ham will give his plea in mit­i­ga­tion then.

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