Rapist dies after 15-year fight to clear name
A convicted rapist who spent 15 years trying to clear his name has died of cancer.
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 in 2001.
Gordon always maintained his innocence. He told the jury the woman was a willing partner.
He served three years and four months after he was sentenced at Stonehaven High Court.
He launched an appeal but it was rejected in 2004.
The following year, he represented himself at a hearing of the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission to have his case re-opened. It was passed to the High Court, but not upheld. The case was presented to the SCCRC again in 2011, which ruled it would not have been in the interests of justice, due to the length of time which had passed since his conviction.
It did admit Gordon “may” have suffered a miscarriage of justice.
Last year, he unsuccessfully attempted to sue the Scottish Government and SCCRC for nearly £700,000 for “gross negligence”.
Graham Gordon tried to sue the Scottish Government