Vi­o­lent at­tacker on bail guilty of rap­ing for­mer part­ner who later com­mit­ted sui­cide

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ALI­SON MEIKLE

Ryan Gra­ham, 27, car­ried out the vi­o­lent at­tack on the wo­man at her home in Irvine, North Ayr­shire, in March fol­low­ing a row – days af­ter he was given bail for the ear­lier of­fence. Gra­ham had been or­dered not to go near her.

The wo­man com­mit­ted sui­cide dur­ing the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion, but a let­ter with the har­row­ing de­tails was dis­cov­ered in her home. In it the 34-year-old wo­man de­scribed the at­tack by her for­mer boyfriend. Gra­ham de­nied the charges and claimed any­thing that hap­pened between them sex­u­ally on the day of con­sen­sual.

Be­fore the sex as­sault he told po­lice when ques­tioned about the first at­tack: “I’m not a beast.”

Af­ter a trial at the High

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was Court in Glas­gow, Gra­ham from Ayr­shire was unan­i­mously con­victed of a vi­o­lent and sex­ual as­sault on March 8 and rap­ing the vic­tim on March 10, while he was on bail. Gra­ham smirked in the dock when the ver­dict was read and gave a “thumbs up” sign to his fam­ily.

Judge Sean Mur­phy QC de­ferred sen­tence and Gra­ham was re­manded.

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