‘Jekyll and Hyde’ rapist guilty

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - LOCAL NEWS -

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”.

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