Ex-golfer dies still try­ing to clear rape con­vic­tion

Jus­tice: Re­peated court ap­peals failed

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JAMES WYLLIE

A con­victed rapist who spent 15 years at­tempt­ing to clear his name has died. For­mer pro­fes­sional golfer Gra­ham Gor­don, 57, was jailed for five years af­ter he was found guilty of rap­ing a woman he met in an Aberdeen night­club. The trial heard he at­tacked the woman af­ter tak­ing her to his home in Bridge of Don.

A con­victed rapist who spent 15 years at­tempt­ing to clear his name has died.

For­mer pro­fes­sional golfer Gra­ham Gor­don, 57, was jailed for five years af­ter he was found guilty of rap­ing a woman he met in an Aberdeen night­club.

The trial heard he at­tacked the woman, who was 43 at the time, af­ter tak­ing her back to his home in Bridge of Don but Gor­don al­ways main­tained his in­no­cence.

He told the jury the woman was a will­ing part­ner but ad­mit­ted he could not fully re­mem­ber the events be­cause he had slept with 15 part­ners in the pre­vi­ous fort­night, and at least 32 in the three months be­fore the at­tack in 2001.

He served three years and four months be­hind bars af­ter he was sen­tenced at Stone­haven High Court the fol­low­ing year.

He then launched an ap­peal to over­turn his con­vic­tion, claim­ing he had de­fec­tive rep­re­sen­ta­tion, but it was re­jected in 2004. The fol­low­ing year he rep­re­sented him­self at a hear­ing of the Scot­tish Crim­i­nal Cases Re­view Com­mis­sion (SCCRC) in a bid to have his case re-opened, claim­ing po­lice in­quiry er­rors un­der­mined the fair­ness of his orig­i­nal trial.

It was passed to the High Court but not up­held.

The case was pre­sented to the SCCRC again in 2011, and it ruled that re­open­ing the case would not be in the in­ter­ests of jus­tice due to the length of time which had passed since his con­vic­tion.

It did ad­mit how­ever that Gor­don “may” have

“I will not rest un­til I get jus­tice. It’s one big white­wash”

suf­fered a mis­car­riage of jus­tice.

Last year he un­suc­cess­fully sued the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment and SCCRC for nearly £700,000 for “gross neg­li­gence” in the way his ap­peal case was han­dled.

A fur­ther bid by Gor­don to clear his name was unan­i­mously re­jected by the Supreme Court in March.

He then vowed to take the case to the European Court of Hu­man Rights in Stras­bourg, ad­ding he had re­ceived a re­port from a foren­sic ex­pert with “con­cerns” about the case.

At the time he said: “How can there pos­si­bly be any­thing cer­tain or fi­nal about a per­son who may have suf­fered a mis­car­riage of jus­tice?

“I will not rest un­til I get jus­tice. It’s one big white­wash.”

Gor­don was 57 years old when he died of cancer at Roxburghe House on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 31.

He was cre­mated ear­lier this week.

GUILTY TO THE GRAVE: Gra­ham Gor­don’s most re­cent ap­peal was re­jected by the Supreme Court in March

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