‘Jekyll and Hyde’ rapist guilty
A “Jekyll and Hyde” criminal is facing a lengthy prison sentence after being convicted by a jury of raping and assaulting two women over five-and-a-halfyears.
Michael Stuart, 27, preyed on the two females, who cannot be named for legal reasons, in Inverness and Fife.
The High Court in Edinburgh heard Stuart started physically abusing his first victim in November 2006.
He then repeatedly raped her on various occasions between March 2007 and December 2007.
In October 2008, Stuart started to assault another woman.
“She begged him to stop but he covered her mouth”
He continued to attack her until May 2012.
Stuart, who has previous convictions for assault and abduction, also raped her some time between November 1, 2011, and December 31, 2011.
The story emerged yesterday following a week-long trial before judge Lady Scott.
Stuart, of Burntisland, Fife, had denied any wrongdoing and pleaded not guilty to seven charges.
Prosecutors withdrew two of the charges during proceedings.
Yesterday, after three hours of deliberations, jurors returned guilty verdicts to the five remaining charges of rape and assault.
Following the verdict, judge Lady Scott remanded Stuart in custody ahead of sentencing next month.
One of Stuart’s victims said he could be charming then angry within moments, adding: “He was like Jekyll and Hyde”.