Rape vic­tim took own life after at­tack by bailed ex

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Ash­lie McA­nally and Wilma Ri­ley

A WOMAN killed her­self days after be­ing raped by her vi­cious ex-boyfriend while he was on bail for a pre­vi­ous at­tack on her.

Ryan Gra­ham, 27, as­saulted the woman in March this year dur­ing an ar­gu­ment.

He was ar­rested and bailed but days later he raped the woman de­spite be­ing banned from go­ing near her.

His vic­tim took her own life dur­ing the po­lice probe, but a let­ter de­scrib­ing the sick­en­ing at­tack was later dis­cov­ered in her home.

Gra­ham de­nied the charges and claimed any­thing that hap­pened be­tween them was con­sen­sual.

After a trial at the High Court in Glas­gow, Gra­ham, from Ayr­shire, was con­victed of a vi­o­lent and sex­ual as­sault on March 8 and rap­ing the 34-year-old woman on March 10, while on bail.

Gra­ham smirked when the ver­dict was read and gave a ‘thumbs up’ to his fam­ily in the public gallery.

Both at­tacks hap­pened at the vic­tim’s house in Irvine, Ayr­shire. Her ac­count was re­layed to the court through state­ments to po­lice and the let­ter de­tail­ing the rape.

Ju­rors heard that on March 8, Gra­ham got into bed with the woman and pulled the bed­clothes off her.

She said: ‘Ryan then pulled my top up to my arms cov­er­ing my head. I was cry­ing and telling him, “What you’re do­ing is rape”.’

The woman later gave a state­ment to po­lice in which she de­scribed be­ing sex­u­ally as­saulted by Gra­ham.

But after be­ing ar­rested and granted bail, with con­di­tions not to go near her, Gra­ham re­turned and raped his vic­tim. She re­ported him again to po­lice but the woman took her own life while the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was on­go­ing.

While clear­ing out her home, her fam­ily dis­cov­ered the let­ter about the sec­ond at­tack by Gra­ham.

She said she met him in the street and, after apol­o­gis­ing, he threat­ened her with a knife and forced her to re­turn to her house.

De­fence QC Don­ald Find­lay ar­gued it was a breach of Gra­ham’s hu­man rights that his lawyer was not able to cross ex­am­ine the vic­tim but Judge Sean Mur­phy, QC, re­jected his ar­gu­ment.

Sen­tence was de­ferred and Gra­ham re­manded in cus­tody.

De­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor John Hogg said: ‘Ryan Gra­ham is clearly a dan­ger to women and Po­lice Scot­land will not tol­er­ate do­mes­tic abuse in any form.’

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